"The Whole is False" (was Re: St. Judy was Re: clarification)

Charles Brown CharlesB at SPAMCNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Wed Dec 13 08:20:49 MST 2000

>>> furuhashi.1 at osu.edu 12/12/00 06:48PM >>>

To say that "the whole is false" is to criticize _organicism_ that
treats individuals as merely disposable "members" of the "body
politic."  If the whole is true, what is wrong with counseling
euthanasia when disabled "members" impose "burdens" on the "whole" of
society under socialism?  What is wrong with forcing women to have
abortions if more babies create a "population problem" under
socialism?  I have & will argue against organicism for the dangers
that my rhetorical questions here are meant to highlight.

"The whole is false" is also a way of acknowledging inequality
between men and women, able-bodied & disabled individuals, GLBTs &
heterosexuals, whites & other races, etc. _even_ under socialism, to
say nothing of the contradictions among the working class under
capitalism.  Without acknowledging the problem first of all, we
cannot begin to solve it.


CB: It is just that "the whole is false" would also be a perfect slogan for
libertarian, individualist , leftists, who have a bourgeois anti-dialectical approach
to the relationship between the part and the whole. So, Judith Butler and others need
to be more clear on differentiating themselves from petit bourgeois liberalism. We all
know e pluribus unum is on the money.

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