marxism-digest V1 #5653

Richard Harris rhh1 at nildram.co.uk
Mon Mar 31 19:29:01 MST 2003


> Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 20:35:37 -0500
> From: "Stuart Lawrence" <stuartwl at walrus.com>
> Subject: Re: The De Genova affair

>Some of us
> can't stand to hold a position intellectually and emotionally and not be
> free to advocate it no matter who the audience is or what the political
> situation we face. But the pleasures of being right with little concern
> for the actual impact of what one says belong to the sectarian or the
> detached academic. I thought this was a place for clarifying political
> issues so as to inform practice aimed at people where they are now.

Where I am it is just gone 3 a.m.  I have been up all night preparing
anti-war materials.  It is really too much to be attacked by the likes of
Stuart, whoever he is, for a list of political crimes with which I am
immediately stereotyped because I appear to be a marxist.  Stuart, if you
read anything I have ever written, I have spoken directly out of my own
political context, and I have always eschewed the pomposity of telling other
people in other situations what they must do - except that I think we must
always be the cutting and leading edge of our movements.  I have been a
leading member of the English trades union movement, which must mean I have
got enough social skills to gain the support of others.  I do not hold
senior TU office at the moment as the whole movement has sunk back so far I
realised I could not stand on a platform that would be any longer
acceptable.

There is a floor to what socialists can offer (minimum demands?)  The floor
is way above the advice you offer:

>People inside the imperialist aggressor
> states need to be persuaded that the only way to avoid the costs of
> anti-imperialist resistance, and the trashing of every patriotic symbol,
> is to remove from power those pursuing the mad world-domination
> strategy.

Stuart's strategy is to have nicer capitalist state leaders.  Let's have
state officers who are not ' pursuing the mad world-domination strategy.'

Well at least we now know what to do.

I think I'll become a nun and pray for peace.

 Richard

 Canterbury, Kent.






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