[Marxism] Evo Morales, Communitarian Socialism, and theRegional Power Block

Brian Shannon brian_shannon at verizon.net
Mon Feb 13 08:04:20 MST 2006

On Feb 13, 2006, at 8:48 AM, Walter Lippmann wrote:

> On the other hand, we hear numerous vigorous objections from
> those who prioritize advocating the construction of such parties
> COUNTERPOSING such party-construction to the national development
> tasks. It's these strident sectarians who counterpose the building
> of socialist parties to nationalist struggles.

National Development is not the same as Nationalist Struggles, at  
least in my dictionary. Development, in this context, means  
capitalist economic development. I defend this right and think that  
those capitalists who are devoted to it are better than those who are  
against it. Are any against it?

I also think that these very same capitalists will fight against  
their own workers struggles for economic justice and political  
advance as soon as they see that it will be used against themselves.  
This is why I favor a united front and not a popular front. Should  
the struggle become more intense, some (a very few) will join with  
the workers, others will stand by not wanting to dirty their hands,  
and others will join with the fascists or semi-fascists.

> This is why there's
> so little interest in the struggle over the Sheraton Hotel in the
> Mexican capital not long ago. That struggle had to do with such
> NATIONAL struggles as
> 1-The right of hotels in Mexico to rent rooms to anyone without
>   carrying out orders from the United States as to who can rent
>   a room in a Mexican hotel.
> 2-The right of Cuba to speak to and invite the participation of US
>   oil companies in the development of Cuba's precious oil deposits.

You give exceptional priority to this as you do to everything  
involving Cuba and that is your right. However, most observers  
probably feel that they have little to add.

Brian Shannon

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