[Marxism] the incredible disappearing sense of proportion
acpollack2 at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 21 07:02:26 MST 2006
The very start of Bacon's article says:
"In 1947, Woody Guthrie wrote a song about the crash of a plane carrying Mexican immigrant farm workers back to the border. In haunting lyrics he describes how it caught fire as it flew low over Los Gatos Canyon, near Coalinga at the edge of California's San Joaquin Valley. Observers below saw people and belongings flung out of the aircraft before it hit the ground, falling like leaves, he wrote.
"No record was kept of the workers' identities. They were simply listed as "deportee," and that became the name of the song. Far from being recognized as workers or even human beings, Guthrie lamented, the dead were treated as criminals. They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.""
... and the rest stresses the impact of their being immigrants on their fate as workers. If you don't get that Bacon -- like others who write this way -- are stressing the interaction of class and nationality, then you're just not paying attention.
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