[Marxism] Fwd: The impotence and irrelevance of much of the U.S. "left"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Mar 15 11:45:11 MST 2005


>Here is an example of a summarily asserted "fact" about Taiwan from one of 
>the "left" lists that just ain't so. This is so typical of much of the 
>left in the U.S. with time on its hands, a keyboard that gives a megaphone 
>(sort of) and that gives some so much assurance that they have all the 
>answers about whatever topic--eg. Taiwan or the real class nature of the 
>Chinese State or the extent to which capitalism "has been restored" in 
>China. I wonder if this individual know-it-all  has ever been to Taiwan or 
>China.
>
>Quote: I wrote: Obviously, these are important indicia, but it's up to the 
>people involved (the Mainlanders, the Taiwanese) to decide how distinct 
>they are, in a democratic way. One thing that should be noted is that 
>Taiwan has a "Formosan" (non-Han) population that the PRC lacks....
>
>Pure bullshit.
>
>
>Location:
>Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South 
>China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the 
>southeastern coast of China.
>
>[]
>  Area: 35,980 sq km
>
>[]
>  Climate: A subtropical climate with moderate temperatures in the north, 
> where there is a winter season. The southern areas, where temperatures 
> are slightly higher, enjoy sunshine every day, and there is no winter 
> season. The typhoon season is from June to October.
>
>[]
>  Provincial Capital: Taipei
>
>[]
>  Population: 22,191,087
>
>[]
>  Ethnic groups: There are Han 98% and gaoshan 0.3 million in taiwan.
>
>
>When the Vietnamese were fighting for their lives, there was a chorus from 
>some elements of the "left" in the U.S. sitting in their armchairs making 
>pronouncements on how the Vietnamese should be running their struggle, 
>making references to "Stalinists" etc without any care about whom and 
>which forces of reaction they were giving aid and comfort to. It is all 
>very sickening and but one more example of how much of the U.S. "left" 
>will never do anything of significance except sitting on their asses and 
>pontificating about matters and issues about which they patently know 
>nothing. In the end, like many of the social democratics in Germany around 
>1933 many will be quite capable of switching to brown or black shirts and 
>jackboots.
>
>[]
>
>
>Location: Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine 
>Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the 
>southeastern coast of China.
>
>[]
>  Area: 35,980 sq km
>
>[]
>  Climate: A subtropical climate with moderate temperatures in the north, 
> where there is a winter season. The southern areas, where temperatures 
> are slightly higher, enjoy sunshine every day, and there is no winter 
> season. The typhoon season is from June to October.
>
>[]
>  Provincial Capital: Taipei
>
>[]
>  Population: 22,191,087
>
>[]
>  Ethnic groups: There are Han 98% and gaoshan 0.3 million in taiwan.
>
>[]
>
>
>
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