Salutations from Spontaneous desalienation group
amlc6732 at alaska.net
amlc6732 at alaska.net
Wed Feb 21 23:31:02 MST 1996
Hello, I will like to call myself gato. I want to salute the
participants of this list by bringing up something of what i am
up to, and ask for constructive commentary .
i am a high school senior in anchorage alaska, at a
alternative school. At the begining of the school year I began my
self directed study of Historical materialism cornerstone writings
( the 1958 Preface, The Grundrisse, The German Ideology) and Marx
The problem has been one of isolation. Many of my fellow
students at school, have read a little of marx, but most of
them reject marx dogmatically.
in the course of time, however, i have helped some of
my friends in formation of an anti-alienation group. The purpose of
this group, we decided, was to act spontaneously. We identified
alination as strangement ( which reminded me of marx Estranged
Labour) from others and from one self. and the cause of this
alienation as the non authenticity of our acts.
all of this, for me, sounded like anarchism only, so i
wanted to see if marxist theory could help us also. My focus then
became, Commodity fetichism, for i suspect it is somethin that
affects our way of living. yet It has been hard to try to talk
to my friends about such a reality. And even if i do, I only
seem to make the situation overwhelming, specially if i don't
present a way to fight this phenomenon.
Our activities up to now have focused on the groups
internal alienation from eachother, and a few spontaneous trips to
differents places, to see if alienation was existent there too. (
We went to a bank, to a store, to a museum)
I believe a basic problem we face is a weakness in our
comprehension of how the capitalist system works. But also because
most of the participants in the group are quite idealistic in the
sense that they still are exploring what a "system is" and if
one tells them that there is a "capitalist system" they have
their doubts about that. They also are still not sure what to
do after graduating, and their response to the chioces the system
lives they only seem to have been predisposed with dogma, and
not rooted in critical thinking.
I am no quite sure what to do?
I will apreciate your help.
Sub commander el gato. Ak
member of Spontaneous
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