Some points on the politics od the Left (fwd)
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Tue Sep 12 13:18:34 MDT 1995
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Date: Tue, 12 Sep 95 18:39:35=20
From: mauro.jr at iol.it
To: marxism at lists.village.virginia.edu
Subject: Some points on the politics od the Left
Politics of the Left?
Some points, just for provoking a dramatically serious discussion
on what=92s Left.
1. Politics is nothing but the art of managing the given State, or
the given society (as marxists, we would say the given social formation).
The word comes from the ancient Greek ... (and blah blah).
Politics is the art of the mediation; mediation between the different
2. In the democratic (or social-democratic State and epoch, the mediated
interested can be also antagonist. Democracy, and social-democracy,
is the best clothing of the bourgeois dictatorship just because it
acts as mediator between the capital and labor interests, inside the
sacred establishment. The defence of proletariat inside and thru the
establishment, never denys it, and of course cannot refuse the mode
of production whose defence is its main task.
3. Beforehand, in Europe, the citizen (le citoyen, der B=FCrger) was
more or less equal facing the law etc., but the right to vote was
only for the entitled people (the rich one). When the socialist movement
won the universal suffrage, many socialists believed to have won the
possibility to get socialism without the revolution. But they won
universal suffrage just because already they had mistaken the universal
suffrage (and the consequent conception of the politics) for the strategic
target of the class=92 movement, giving thus to the ruling class the
concrete, political subject for the democratic =93mediation=94(?). They
were such political subject. They were the Left. And when they showed
their inability to control the working class=92 struggles, which threatened
the capitalist order and the bougeois rule, the ruling class was quick
to replace democracy with the other face of its rule: the dictatorship,
the fascism. In Italy fascism followed the Red Two Years and the formation
of P.C. d=92Italia... The communist revolution didnt=92 occur, the historic=
answer to the crisis has been the opposite. In Germany this process
took some yars more, but the dymamics are similar. (This truth has
something to say about the discussion on fascism today?)
4. Meanwhile, the Russian proletarian revolution could not go on its
revolutionary path. A real counterrevolution took place inside the
russian state-party and, consequently the Third International, led
by the russian party crossed the wall. The vanguard parts of the working
class, the thinking heads and the general staffs of the proletariat,
didn=92t recognize what was going on under their eyes and believed the
historically tragic lie that Russia was still building socialism and
was the homeland of the international working class. Until they gave
support to the partecipation of the USSR to the second imperialist
Afterward and for a long period, until say the second half of 70s,
this =93communist=94 parties assumed two contemporary and a bit contradicto=
roles: to be the instrument of the foreign politics of USSR in thei
own countries and to be national parties, for the best national politics.
That=92s why the PCI, although its electoral strenght, has always been
kept outside the governemental area: it was a bourgeois party, yes,
but of the hostile imperialist front.
5. They, the C.Ps and all the S.Ps, the Left, made always politics,
for defending, as far as possible inside the establishment and for
its defence, the immediate economical and social interests of the
They made, I said. Eventually, when the crisis of the present accumulation=
cycle arose, they lost this capacity. The most tepid defence of the
working class means today to clash with the capitalist compatibilities
and with the establishment. They simply can not, that=92s not their
For ideologically justify such betrayal, they (and particulary the
italian party) discovered the end of the class struggle and of the
same classes: we are all citizens...
6. Many others, left orphan of a party which defended the working
people, the poors, the oppressed as such, today are trying of replacing
that party, Inner, of course, the establishment. They make politics,
in different ways, with different perspectives amongst them, but they
actually make politics. Thay are the Left of the bourgeois formation.
Allied of the working class? Mhmm... Just until the real class struggles,
that is the class confrontation.
7. The revolutionary communists do not make politics: they make revolutiona
y militancy which is propaganda, agitation, organisation of the vanguards
for building the new international party of the working class for
the revolution. We are against the establishment, we want to change
the mode of production and we know this implys to destroy the bougeois
state and building a proletarian semi-state.
That=92s why, for instance, we do not line up with the fronts of the
war(s) in ex Yugoslavia and we act for propaganda, agitation and revolution
ry organisation in those countries, against the bourgeois war for
the future class war.
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