[Marxism] Lesser-evilism and the Democrats

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Thu Mar 18 14:28:49 MST 2004

Jose noted:

Another very important factor was the wave of repression against the
Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement and other groups (I
mention those two because it was especially murderous against them).

Response Jim C: In Indian Country, subject to various forms of
repression by the U.S. and Canadian Governments due to "special laws and
relationships" not found outside of Indian Country--in addition to the
usual forms shared with those outside of Indian Country--there have been
no periods of less repression versus periods of more represssion; the
forms and levels of repression have steadily escalated in ways and under
conditions that those outside Indian Country know, report and write
about very little if at all.

One thing about Indian Country is that capitalism is raw, naked,
in-your-face and has never worn a "velvet glove"; the iron fist is all
that one can expect. In this regard, Native struggles and conditions
have much to teach about the real nature, "logic", dynamics,
trajectories, trends and unfolding contradictions of capitalism for the
uninitiated--and initiated; we represent the metaphorical--and highly
overworked and proverbial--"canary in the mine."

Jim C.

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