[Marxism] Japan and Energy

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 12:41:33 MDT 2006

On 7/11/06, Yoshie Furuhashi <critical.montages at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/11/06, Sayan Bhattacharyya <ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Why?  Couldn't the question be answered by saying, say, that in the
> short
> > run you'd be in favor of setting up youth centers (perhaps to be run as
> > co-ops), etc?  Yes, I realize that  this  kind of approach leads to the
> > Zapatista/automonist idea of "building alternative institutions to
> > capitalism", which marxists understand is not a substitute to taking the
> > commanding heights of state power. But then a small marxist group isn't
> > presumably contesting elections with any realistic expectation of taking
> > over the state anyway, but rather to raise consciousness. So to use
> > elections to highlight/disseminate  ideas about alternatives to
> capitalist
> > institutions (as a consciousness-building tool even if the altternatives
> are
> > not viable in the absence of control over state power) seems to be as
> good a
> > strategy as any other, it would seem to me...
> Is Sayan in the USA or elsewhere?  American leftists, to be sure,
> won't be part of any government outside San Francisco any time soon,
> but the rest on this list live in countries where leftists of one kind
> or another have or can come into power or at least get enough deputies
> elected to parliament, maybe governing as a coalition partner, as in

Where  I am located doesn't really matter. I was trying to put myself in the
shoes of Louis circa 1970, and trying to figure out why this didn't seem
like a viable position to him or the SWP at that time.


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