Nonrevolutionary times -Reply
EQDOMAIN.EQWQ.LROGERS at email.state.ut.us
Tue Apr 25 09:51:23 MDT 1995
... AT this point no new model of socialism has any general
acceptance even in the tiny circles where socialism is not a dirty
word and no onne has any idea of what other strategies might work.
Solidarity, my group, works in unions and "mass" movements (women's
rights, anti-intervention, anti-racist, etc.) to build them up and
establish a credible socialist presence. We don't think this the The
Way. we don't know what The Way is......
This brings up two questions I have in mind lately: 1) what exactly
is the model of socialist society which we are seeking to create, and
2) how shall we get there.
Some of the readings I am doing in Ehrbar's class this quarter do
address the first question - what might a socialist society look
like? how might it be run?
For the second, I don't know the Way either, but I protest and
demonstrate, vote, donate money, not that I expect to change the
world much. The place I see hope is when I am talking to someone and
they seem to see my point, I can feel changes in one's attitude, a
growing insight into the fact that "social problems" are a product of
capitalism, sexism and racism. Just by living as I am,
unconventional, not invisible, being often a minority of one person
but speaking up anyway, taking the slings and arrows and bullets like
a woman, this is my first revolution.
I would also like to know more about SAfrica. Is "strange
bedfellows" better than being left out in the cold? Is it better
than a bloody civil war? (better in terms of improving life and
reducing suffering for most people)
If a tiny and powerless minority such as Justin describes for US
lefties is to get anywhere, mustn't we ally with others? Maybe
SAfrica is a useful example of many issues facing us all.
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