[AFIB] The 'New Right', Neofascism And Globalization (fwd)

David Welch david.welch at SPAMst-edmund-hall.oxford.ac.uk
Thu Aug 5 02:54:33 MDT 1999

Quite how you decide how what is a sect and what isn't I'm not sure. But, though it is
sometime since I watched the program, I didn't see anything 'pro-corporate' (meaning
pro-capitalist I assume) in Against Nature. It would hardly be possible to criticise
environmentalism without criticising capitalism given the penetration of green ideas
into the British ruling class, as the subsequent furore in the Guardian demonstrates.
I have always considered it an impressive aspect of marxism that it critiques
capitalism without opposing the development of the productive forces, the breakup of
ideologies like racism and sexism, etc.

As for a "class struggle orientation to indigenous and ecological struggles", I
would be happy to take a class struggle orientation to most things. I'm sure
most British communists would be clear that problems of pollution and so forth
could best be solved under socialism. But a class struggle orientation should
also criticise the anti-science, anti-growth tendencies of environmentalism, as
well as the desire of its most extreme adherents to return to pre-capitalist
social relations.

In message Louis Project writes:
> Look, is it any surprise that the far right is demagogically using
> indigenous and green struggles to advance its cause? A Blackfoot Indian
> militant in Canada recently spoke at a Reform Party gathering. There is
> enormous moral "capital" associated with defending people who suffered
> genocide or calling attention to the dangers of ecological catastrophe.
> When a far right group can use these kinds of associations as camouflage,
> it is urgent to expose them as this article does.
> On the other hand, we are also dealing with a serious lack on the part
> Marxism to come to terms with indigenous and environmental struggles.
> Welch's own sect, the CPGB, printed an article soon after LM aired its
> infamous Channel 4 documentary "Against Nature" that failed to come to
> grips with the pro-corporate tilt of the tv show. The answer to Veldman and
> Goldsmith is not "brown Marxism" but a class struggle orientation to
> indigenous and ecological struggles.

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