Marxism and the Militias

TimW333521 at TimW333521 at
Fri Sep 1 07:00:50 MDT 1995

On Louis' comments:  Certainly a Marxist study of the militias and the right
in general would be useful.  In addition to the point you raise, such a study
 should try to confront why it is that the current crisis of capitalism has
produced a strong rightest response and a weakened left?

I doubt if a study of Lenin's writings of the turn of the century will be
very helpful in this regard.  But: go to it!

My point was and is:  fascism will develop in America in its own distinctive
way.  The Militias are an important indication of that.

 Further: the Left needs to take a stance towards the Militias while, of
course, gathering information, studying them, etc.  Otherwise we suffer from
the academic disease of using study to avoid taking stands and acting.

Finally: Cockburn's political stand is dead wrong and dangerous.  It repeats
the worst mistakes of the sectarianism and divisiveness of Stalinism in its
Third Period (29-33).

On Doug's remarks in defense of the Cold War.   Really now.  It was my hope
(proved to be a misplaced one) that the Left, including those like C of C who
passed through the Communist experience, realized that the regime in the
USSR, which called itself "socialist" was in actuality dictatorial,
anti-democratic, suppressed working class rights, etc.  Its essential nature
existed right up into the Grobachev period.

While I would agree with Doug that the free market regime now being imposed
on the former parts of the USSR is reactionary and a disaster for the working
class, I'll be damned if I'll weep over the loss of the Old , yes Stalinist,

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