Y2K, global warming, Christian rightwing fundamentalism, Marxist sectarianism

David Welch welch at SPAMcwcom.net
Thu Aug 5 02:46:41 MDT 1999

On Thu, Aug 05, 1999 at 11:09:36AM -0400, Louis Proyect wrote:
> The biggest problem with Marxism today is that it has cast itself into the
> persona of film critic, reviewing movements for social change as if they
> were motion pictures. If revolutions could be made by awarding one or two
> or three stars to the mass movement, then we'd have been living under
> socialism long ago. No, the imperative of socialism involves a much more
> creative dimension, one in which we are compelled to present our own
> analysis of how society should be organized and how nature can be used
> intelligently to advance humanity's needs.
Indeed. Quite what marxists Louis is talking about I don't know, the
majority of what passes for marxism here in Britain is anxious to
support every social movement going, from the persecution of pedophiles to
opposition to GM foods. Creative analysis might ask how the anti-capitalist
demand for reduced growth tallies with bourgeois thought, how the rise of
environmentalism fits in with the current period of reaction and so forth.
It would not be an apologia (ironically in the same terms as Chris Burford
justified the Kosovo war) nor guilt by association.

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