[Marxism] Race and Katrina

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Thu Aug 24 06:16:12 MDT 2006


I haven't seen the documentary or responded to Joaquin's last post on it.  

I raised this question not because I thought the overwhelmingly American
majority on this list should exercise their critical judgments primarily
over what's within our reach...rather than crystal balling over what people
from Cuba and Venezuela to Iran and Iraq are doing right or wrong.  I hoped
that an exploration of our responses to Katrina might engage a more critical
spirit about how the American Left performed with reference to crises that
are within our reach...the sort of crises all know WILL happen again.  

Joaquin argues, rather sweepingly, I think, that it would be substitutionism
for us to take initiatives on these things and he seems to agree with Lou
Paulsen that what's need is more jaw music denouncing racism "again and
again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again
and again and again and again and again and again and again."  

What the movement did on Katrina was pretty much was sitting on our thumbs
while repeating the bleeding obvious to anyone who feels obligated enough to
listen to its repetition.  Although an email "community," the Marxism List
did just as much to confound capitalism with this one-two punch as any
socialist group.  Indeed, as individuals, many of us successfully did
nothing to substitute ourselves for the politicos and gabbed continually
about race...as did everybody else in the society while discussing Katrina.


So, I suppose that, at this point, congratulations are in order all around
for yet another successful American socialist campaign....  :-)

More successes like this and we'll really begin to worry them.....

Solidarity!
Mark L.










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