Left Racism vs Million Man March

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Oct 20 06:19:10 MDT 1995


On Fri, 20 Oct 1995, jones/bhandari wrote:

> Despite the length, Mr. Davidson made only a few points. I am going to
> leave Lenin out of this. Your use of him finally allowed me to understand
> the meaning of mechanical marxism.  I wonder if you are the kind of Maoist
> Dumain had in mind.  
> 
Louis:
Please don't refer to Carl Davidson as Mr. Davidson. He was one of the 
major figures of the US left during the 60's and 70's and continues to do 
important political work in the Chicago area. If it weren't for the 
student radicalization of the 1960s which he helped to spearhead, it is 
doubtful that there would be an ethnic studies department at your 
university for you to major in.

Rakesh, it is time for you to catch your breath and think deeply about 
some questions. What exactly is your political experience? Which mass 
movements have you helped to build? Marxism is not something that is 
just learned from texts. The average Nicaraguan high-school student I 
used to meet in Managua had a better understanding of Marxism than 75% of 
the people on the list. The best Marxist educator itself is revolution. 
We have not had a socialist revolution in this country, but we have had 
some important mass movements that both Carl and I are veterans of.

The key thing is to learn to think dialectically. The source of 
sectarianism in the left is an inability to think dialectically. This 
does not mean reading some more of Bhaksar. It means participating in 
living mass struggles that have a contradictory character.

The Vietnam moratorium was *intended* to be a mechanism by which the 
radical antiwar movement could be undermined and activists returned to 
the Democratic party fold. The end result, however, was probably one of 
the major challenges to capitalist stability since the 1930's.

I hope we can de-escalate the rhetoric around the MMM and rechannel it 
into a serious study of the historical phenomenon of fascism. Just as 
Carl and I are members of the CofC and feel no hostility toward Angela 
Davis who has a completely different attitude toward the MMM, the same 
should be true of our list. 


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