Class Dismissed but not Dissed: the Latin American Case

Carrol Cox cbcox at SPAMilstu.edu
Thu Aug 17 09:45:15 MDT 2000


Tfhree general observations prior to further consideration.

1. For the purpose of understanding historical changes at the highest
level of generalization, *class* must be central -- and this is nearly
tautological. A shift in class rule is what we *mean* by historical
change.

2. The marxist political tradition has always been hampered by attempts
to translate the most abstract level of theory (i.e. class) *directly*
into practice. The more vacuous employments in the U.S. of the slogan
"Black and white, Unite and Fight" are exemplary here. The primary
marxist slogan, "Workers of the World Unite" can *never* be applied
directly. In first world nations at least a sine qua non for that
uniting is *first* the subordination of the class struggle to the
struggle to smash male supremacy. No smashing of male supremacy, not
only will there be no class unity but the working class will unfit
itself for any higher struggle.

3. Like Nestor, I await further development of  Julio's argument before
responding, with one qualification. Julio had best find some other
expression than "Identity politics." Identity politics as they exist in
practice are aggressively pro-capitalist not and not merely not
class-centered but *anti-working class* centered. The purest example of
identity politics is the theory and practice of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Carrol







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