resistance against commodification? YES!

Victor vrosado at ic.sunysb.edu
Wed Dec 26 23:14:25 MST 2001


on 12/26/01 10:11 PM, George Snedeker at snedeker at concentric.net wrote:

> it is difficult to imagine a resistance against such commodification. it is
> easy enough to see why people would struggle for higher wages or against IMF
> policy, but why and how would they reject commodification. the simple answer
> is that Marx wrote three volumes on this, but did he?

This is a great question.  Because if we can't resist, than we should give
up from the get go.

I think capital can best be resisted from its margins and interstices, at
least for now (Ultimately, however, we have to go down deep into the cellars
of capital--the level of production-- and turn the whole thing upside down).
We have to eventually confront this issue.

More and more there will be no places to hide-- poetry, art, Tahiti, the
family, etc. will no longer be sites of solace and refuge.

Everything is corrupted, but I think there are strategic sights of
resistance.  One has to step away slightly from the sphere of production,
for example, to understand capital --- Marx enclosed himself in the library
for awhile and lived off the money sent by Engels.  Engels ironically worked
in the management sector and in a way was betraying the struggle.  But the
irony is that Marx would never have written Capital otherwise and I don't
think we'd be where we are if it weren't for Marx's Capital.  So, in the
beginning stages of struggle, you have to play the brutal game of capital in
order to even begin to resist it.

I think in some spheres you can step away slightly from the market, begin to
understand it, then resist capital from there.  The universities are an
example.  Its where socialists hide, for now.  This is why students and
professors, and other p bourgeois professionals are in a slight advantage in
terms of developing class consciousness.  But there is a terrible tendency
for these folks to betray the struggle, become cynical, and be seduced by
the lifestyles of upper middle class culture.


I think Jim is right... in capitalism's decay, there is an increasing
possibility that the working class will become more class conscious. But I
think a party built from below is crucial for the struggle because decay
does not automatically lead to working class consciousness and revolution;
counter revolutions, fascism, etc. are just as likely to emerge.

T. Cliff said the party is the university of the working class.  If we can
develop a viable party and our OWN 'forums', those of us who have been lucky
enough to become 'educated' or whatever along with more militant labor
leaders in the level of production will be able to help pave the way for the
worker's own self-emancipation.  Education, dialog and debate between all of
us is crucial... we learn from each other.  This in turn is turned into
political action... we learn from our mistakes, develop new, stronger
theories, etc. then continue with revolutionary practice, thus continuing a
dialectic of struggle that started with Marx, Engels and the militant
proletariat of the industrial revolution.

Argentina needs a viable revolutionary alternative
party/coalition/group/organization/worker's council to develop on a
widescale local, regional, and national level.  I have a feeling that
process is underway as we speak.

-Victor


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