[Marxism] The immigration thread
calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 7 05:29:34 MDT 2005
All of the brouhaha over the word 'Islamism', and in particular Ian Pace's
suggestion that political Islam represents 'small and relatively
unrepresentative groups', ignores the historical fact that political Islam
can and does represent a major ideological trend within arab
anti-imperialism today. To discount the relative progressiveness of this
trend merely because one does not like political religions, especially those
of the Islamic variety, ensures that one must capitulate to imperialism.
Kersplebedeb has pointed out, righlty I think, that there is an
anti-imperialist ideology in many extreme right wing movements. But the
logic of the political right is ultimately to collaborate with imperialism.
That is why the white supremacist and federalist right in American are
hardly as out on a limb politically as the national movements of oppressed
blacks and latinos.
The same thing goes for the right-wing trend in political Islam in the
Middle East (perhaps best represented in Saudi Wahibbism); it is bound to
capitulate to imperialism if it wishes to secure its foothold over the
working class. As such, the danger of Islamic fascism (an imperialist
movement grounded on militarily imposed working class fragmentation) is
negated by the anti-imperialist movement of the arab and muslim peoples as
Karz' fetishisation of unionised workers in Iraq is, of course, 'screamingly
funny in its absurdity'. He has always persisted in discounting the
demands, needs, and interests of non-unionised workers in Iraq, many of whom
are armed and insurgent. Has he noticed that al Sadr and others like him are
not primarily demanding an 'Islamic Republic', but are themselves proponents
of a quite minimal democratic program, namely, for USUK killers to leave
Iraq so that Iraqis can decide for themselves the socialist fate of their
Katz's remarks about the Australian 'peace movement' being 'much dimished'
by the absence of of Christians and 'religious progressives' is
unintentionally chucklesome. Comparing Australian pacifist christians to
arab muslim anti-imperialists is like comparing rambling to walking on the
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