[Marxism] Behind the unsubbing and self-unsubbing
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Tue Apr 4 08:48:35 MDT 2006
“This truly national nation”
The Balcony, Jean Genet
I don’t like to write behind someone’s back. But in this case, where
Joaquin has withdrawn from two lists, after being suspended from one,
there is no point to self-censorship.
Obscured behind the suspensions and self-suspension is what Joaquin
posted shortly before he was suspended.
> “I guess that makes it official, another season of Indian-bashing
> on the Marxism list, denouncing those stupid Latin Americans trying
> to rid themselves of imperialist domination by uniting instead of
> waging the class war against each other.”
There are a lot of things discussed on Marxmail: history and pre-
history, music and poetry, even sports, life styles, and from time to
time personal relationships. But the core has to be the class
struggle--recent, contemporary, and projected.
One who prefers unity across classes and objects to those who project
a political program of struggle of class against class (“class war”)
is sooner or later bound to want out, despite protestations and
private e-mails to the contrary.
Behind the extreme rant that he throws up against me and others is
the reality that since Joaquin is against the whole project, he can
no longer discuss what revolutionists should do. He gives new life to
the old lawyer’s joke that if you can’t pound in the law and the
facts, you have to pound the table.
He doesn’t just attack those unfortunates whose skin is white or who
live in North America, he also attacks the Latin American union
leaders who themselves are struggling class against class. Joaquin’s
nation is all the people together. This is even below the concepts of
social democrats and old-line communists, who at least spoke of class
struggle while misleading it. However, Joaquin openly declares
himself against “waging the class war against each other.”
That this means one unites under the common denominator of the ruling
classes is obvious, for anything else would be “waging the class
war.” Joaquin calls for uniting nation with nation and the native
ruling class with its own peasants and workers. Strip away all this
rhetoric, the breast-beating and Ollanta's canters on horseback, and
you have nothing except the promise of getting together.
Along with an admission that “I don’t know much about Ollanta and his
history, how serious he is about his program, who his friends,
advisers and associates are,” Joaquin had “a link to an 84-page PDF
containing a detailed program on everything from Health Care for All
to making sure that Peruvian consulates abroad truly represent and
defend their countrymen.”
From this he extracts just one thing. And that thing is the absence
of a thing. It is the promise that a particular plank of imperialism
will not be put in place. “Here’s one plank Forero [the NYTimes
writer of the article that prompted all this] forgot: helping the
White House save money. If Ollanta wins Bush can use the Free Trade
Agreement he recently had his sock puppet Toledo sign as toilet paper.”
In other words, Ollanta promises that something that is proposed for
the future will not take place. Logically, the result of that is
that we will continue to have what we have now. But lets move on, for
logic is not what Joaquin is interested in.
How many months or years can the middle-class misleaders suck on
this? First we talk about it, then we have meetings on it, then
rallies, new elections saying that it will never happen, then new
elections that point out that under us it never happened. That it may
happen under another guise or that the masses may get exhausted from
the whole charade is overlooked.
Taxes can be raised on imperialist profits while being lowered for
the national capitalist class, or declarations can be made about how
all the land of the nation is not for sale, perhaps even nationalized
(we will never know the secret agreements). Next there will be deals
with China and Cuba. There is a lot of room here.
Here is Joaquin’s thesis in a direct form. If I violate its
integrity, someone will object:
> Latin Americans can rid themselves of imperialist domination by
> uniting instead of waging class war against each other.
The people of Latin America will not be able to get together and rid
themselves of imperialist domination, which is inextricably tied in
with the domination of the national bourgeoisie, unless the urban and
rural masses of each nation overthrow its own government and
establish a workers state. The task of socialist revolutionists is to
use their best effort, based on their understanding of the particular
social and political structure and tradition of each country, to help
accomplish this goal.
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