Cherokee removal and Marxist theory: a wrapup

Craven, Jim jcraven at clark.edu
Thu Feb 28 18:20:27 MST 2002


Louis,

Beautifully written and argued.

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Unfortunately, Science and Society, Monthly Review, Against the
Current, New Left Review and New Politics--the premier general
interest scholarly publications of the left--have not had a SINGLE
issue dealing with indigenous society or struggles in the 10 years or
so that I have been reading them. This reflects poorly on the left.

[snip]

Unless Marxism finds a way to disassociate itself from any
expressions that even faintly reflect such sentiments, it surely has
no future in this hemisphere.

--
Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 02/28/2002

I do think a lot of racism is cognitive dissonance in action. When there are
patent contradictions between facts vs belief, belief vs emotions/interests,
or emotions/interests vs facts there is dissonance in need of some kind of
resolution--not only for personal psychological reasons, but also for social
structures of accumulation/expanded reproduction reasons.

In the conditions of oppression faced by Indians--and other "minorities" who
are "invisible"--many of the concentrated expressions and raw
contradictions/instruments of oppression of capitalism and capitalist
imperatives are naked, open and quite revealed--there is little of the
"velvet glove" covering the iron fist. In this arena, there is fertile
ground not only for exposing the barbarism of capitalism or radicalizing
Indians, there is also fertile ground for radicalizing non-Indians who fail
to see the barbarism of capitalism in their own lives or spheres of
existence but can be made to see it all when exposed to Indian Country and
the realities there--where capitalism is quite open, naked and openly
barbaric in ways that the non-Indian world does not experience unless it is
all coming down.

Jim C.

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