[Marxism] Resolutionary Socialism

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Sat Jul 22 15:43:23 MDT 2006

On 7/22/06, Sayan Bhattacharyya <ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com> wrote:
> >But
> > > most middle-class people (as at least some of us may be) are also quite
> > > removed from working-class lives right here in the USA.
> >
> > YES!  That's a huge problem.  Most of us leftists live in cities
> > whereas lots of conservative working-class
> > guys, of the sort who sign up for the US military, tend to live in
> > working-class suburbs.
> We could  at least participate  in the blogs and internet fora they read.
> Keep introducing our views in right-wing-dominated arenas on the Internet
> and new media. But we do not do so, I think, for the most part.
> The conservative working-class guys  are not going to come and  read
> Counterpunch or MRzine. So we may need to go to them, so to speak, to be
> effective -- to the fora they read.

You can find conservative bloggers and the like online, but you don't
know their class backgrounds unless they tell you.  Many post
anonymously, too.

Besides, the Net can be a decent tool to find and communicate with the
like-minded (though often it doesn't work even for this purpose*), but
it's not a great tool to organize among the politically heterogeneous.
 For the latter, you can't avoid face-to-face interaction.  There are
three ways: work-related organizing, community-based organizing, and
congregation-based organizing.  For any of the three, you have to live
among people you want to organize with.

* The Net is still a medium for the doubly literate -- literate and
computer-literate -- which means that class and education backgrounds
of those who can participate most easily in online communication are
likely to be heavily skewed upward, whereas class-based organizing has
to go into the opposite direction.  That is why liberal Iranian
bloggers, Kos-reading, self-described liberal American "Netroots,"
etc. have often faced unpleasant electoral surprises: what seems like
catching on among the wired citizens may have little to do with what
the rest of society really care about, and vice versa.

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