[Marxism] More British SWP co-thinkers (Cleaned up version)

Prem K Govindaswamy govi0006 at umn.edu
Tue Nov 29 15:10:15 MST 2005

 I believe this reflects the fundamental problems of Anarchist thought-a
> utopian, unscientific analysis based on "phantoms of the Mind" rather
> existing conditions. Before I go further, I will say I haven't been able
> access this article on the website, so I haven't be able to fully read
> or check it's sources. 
>     This criticism's main problem goes back to the fundamental Anarchist
> flaw- refusing to see things in scientific terms, and acting according to
> what they want to see, rather than what is there. This goes all the way
> back to their prescription for action-that all forms of state,
> prole., etc.) are abolished overnight. This idea is unscientic b/c it
> ignores the question of how do the newly liberated masses deal w/ the
> inevitable capitalist violent counterrevolution. Emma Goldman would have
> them pray really hard that the capitalists, imperialists, and Fascists
> magically decide to be nice and miraculously realize how much better the
> new system is. 
>      In reference to Cuba, assuming their facts are correct, here are
> problems:
> -referring to the "severe rations", how is it they propose dealing with
> genocidal embargo? Do they want the government to promise people food
> they don't have? Again the anarchists seem to be ignoring this glaring
> reality.
> -In a transition to scialism, people can't be expected to give up the
> capitalist training and thought which is drummed into their heads
> or w/ the snap of the finger. People have been trained to operate in a
> system, w/o workers control of the factories. Again, anarchists believe
> can chant spells and all those years of conditioning will be undone in an
> instant.
> -The same goes for rent. Engels himself said that the day after the
> revolution, housing under control of the masses will initially have some
> form of rent. The existing condition of how people have been trained and
> taught to function. It's simply unscientific and ignores certain
> facts. 
> Basically the anarchists seem to believe in an idea that the only way a
> revolution is carried out is how pol pot did, or not at all. Emma
> is a complete philistine. 

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