[Marxism] Who to blame? The answer has arrived.
Paul H. Dillon
illonph at pacbell.net
Thu Nov 4 12:54:58 MST 2004
The people??? Who are the people of the UNited States?? If ever there was
an "imagined community" it applies to the idea of an American identity.
There are clearly very strong roots of racism, imperialism, and
self-righteous jingoism that spectrally inhabit and speak in ghostly voices
to many. There are other voices at work as well. Thgey seem to be
regionally distributed as are all cultures. The USA could easily divide
itself into three countries: the Pacific West, the South and Midswest, and
the Northeast. Ask yourself: which would more resemble a dependent third
world country after a generation? Which would be the most progressive,
best places to live and work?? The answer seems self-evident.
What has happened? For one thing, the American Left lost its own center and
became an umbrella for any movement that challenged the prevailing
political, social and cultural orderS without establishing a clear priority
among them and recognizing that, in terms of a long term social strategy,
some areas should be left alone: GENDER POLITICS in particular. It is not
a question of whether one stands for or against an individual's rights in
this area -- including a plank on issues of gender identity contributes not
one whit to the construction of socialist programs and an eventual socialist
society. We have to see in this morass also the grave mistakes of the
neo-Marxist direction. Amputation is necessary when a patient is in danger
of dying of the gangrenous infection.
The American people at its best is a union of many voices and traditions but
the truth is that some of those voices and traditions are reactionary. The
unabashed defenders of corporate capitalism have known how to exploit those
voices. It has nothing to do with any imagined construct vaguely indicated
with the name: the people. At best one can say: a majority of deluded
Americans have made a grave mistake in voting the Bush regime back into
power and provide an empirical test of their delusion: belief in the link
between Al Qaeda and Iraq, a greater % believing in the immaculate
conception than believe the theory of evolution, etc., etc,. etc.
While the left has not shown itself particularly apt at dispelling
delusions, it might well improve its own health if it developed a coherent
platform that recognizes that some stages of human liberation must precede
others, a very Marxist thought indeed.
Paul H. Dilon
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Feldman" <ffeldman at bellatlantic.net>
To: <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 7:37 AM
Subject: [Marxism] Who to blame? The answer has arrived.
> The answer to who the Democratic Party will blame this time has
> arrived, and we should have known:
> Michael Moore.
> Of course, Michael Moore.
> They would have won if only they had supported Bush much more. Of
> course. That's always the key to victory. If they had been
> indistinguishable from Bush, some Red State people might have voted for
> them by mistake. It could have made all the difference.
> The "left" is considering a different answer. The problem is the
> people. Sure Kerry was not good, but it turned out the masses were not
> good enough even for Kerry.
> They voted for the Monster when they could have voted for the Munster.
> As Brecht commented (privately) after the East German uprising, the
> solution is to abolish the people and elect a new one.
> Fred Feldman
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