[Marxism] Re: Marxism Digest, Vol 30, Issue 59

Carlos Petroni cepetroni at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 26 12:44:10 MDT 2006



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>    1. Re: struggle.ws: Cuba..socialist paradise or
> Castro's
>       fiefdom? (Louis Proyect)
>    2. A socialist response to the massive rise in
> fuel prices
>       (Jerry Wells)
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> Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 13:08:13 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> Subject: Re: [Marxism] struggle.ws: Cuba..socialist
> paradise or
> 	Castro's fiefdom?
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
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> Kris wrote:
> >What are your thoughts on this article? It was
> published in
> >struggle.ws, an anarchist website.
> >
> >http://struggle.ws/ws93/cuba40.html
> 
> The epigraph and first paragraph of this article
> betrays its political 
> orientation more than any "anarchist" window
> dressing:
> 
> "..the major event of the twentieth century has been
> the abandonment of the 
> values of liberty on the part of the revolutionary
> movement, the weakening 
> of Libertarian Socialism, vis-a-vis Caesarist and
> militaristic Socialism. 
> Since then, a great hope has disappeared from the
> world to be replaced by a 
> deep sense of emptiness in the hearts of all who
> yearn for Freedom...."
> 
> ('Neither Victims nor Executioners' by Albert Camus)
> 
> As Camus says, a deep sense of emptiness is felt by
> all those who wish for 
> a revolution leading to the creation of a society
> which is classless and 
> truly socialist. As the history of the 20th century
> has unfolded we have 
> witnessed the repeated failure of vanguards and
> leaders to create the 
> society for which the true-hearted revolutionaries
> have fought and died. 
> Not so long ago most of the left held up the Soviet
> Union as an example of 
> Socialism or something with some socialist features.
> 
> ===
> 
> This is really rightwing bullshit. Camus wrote this
> book out of a deep 
> conviction that Western Civilization and liberal
> democracy were gifts that 
> should be bestowed on the backward world. It is
> really mind-blowing that an 
> article written in 1993 would begin with a quote and
> favorable reference to 
> Camus, who is the spiritual and political mentor to
> a whole range of 
> rascals urging war on Iraq, from Paul Berman to
> Christopher Hitchens.
> 
>  From amazon.com entry for Paul Berman's "Terror and
> Liberalism":
> 
> Berman puts his leftist credentials (he's a member
> of the editorial board 
> of Dissent) on the line by critiquing the left while
> presenting a liberal 
> rationale for the war on terror, joining a discourse
> that has been 
> dominated by conservatives. The most original aspect
> of his analysis is to 
> categorize Islamism as a totalitarian reaction
> against Western liberalism 
> in a class with Nazism and communism; drawing on the
> ideas of Camus in The 
> Rebel, Berman delineates how all three movements
> descended from utopian 
> visions (in the case of Islamism, the restoration of
> a pure seventh-century 
> Islam) into irrational cults of death. He
> illustrates this progression 
> through a nuanced analysis of the writings of a
> leading Islamist thinker, 
> Sayyid Qutb, ending with some chilling quotations
> from other Islamists, 
> e.g., "History does not write its lines except with
> blood," the blood being 
> that of Islam's martyrs (such as suicide bombers) as
> well as of their 
> enemies, Zionists and Crusaders (i.e., Jews and
> Christians). Berman then 
> launches into his most provocative chapter, and the
> one he will probably be 
> most criticized for in politically correct journals:
> a scathing attack on 
> leftist intellectuals, such as Noam Chomsky, who
> have applauded terrorism 
> and tried to explain it as a rational response to
> oppression. Berman 
> exhorts readers to accept that, on the contrary,
> Islamism is a 
> "pathological mass political movement" that is
> "drunk on the idea of 
> slaughter." A former MacArthur fellow and a
> contributing editor to the New 
> Republic, Berman offers an argument that will be
> welcomed by disaffected 
> progressives looking for a new analysis of today's
> world.
> 
> 
> 
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> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 10:50:54 -0700
> From: Jerry Wells <jeremy at infowells.com>
> Subject: [Marxism] A socialist response to the
> massive rise in fuel
> 	prices
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> There has been some clueless babble from
> "progressive" columnists 
> to start a massive consumer boycott against
> Exxon-Mobil to bring 
> down gasoline prices.  Here is an excellent
> socialist response from
> WSWS.
> 
>
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/gas-a26.shtml
> 
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