[Marxism] Resolutionary Socialism

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Sun Jul 23 06:17:32 MDT 2006


On 7/22/06, Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:
> I note that none of the responses to Yoshie have been to this post. It
> seems to be more comfortable for many to discuss what's wrong with Iran
> or the abstract rights of women than to confront the conditions under
> which leftists operate in the u.s. My label for what Yoshie calls
> "Resolutionary Socialism" has always been "sandbox politics." I believe
> the bulk of the posts in the last year worrying about whether Evo
> Morales was following the right policies or not could also be labelled
> either "sandbox politics" or "Resolutionary Socialism." Perhaps also
> related are such practices as including a position on state capitalism
> in a party program.

I don't come from a school of thought that Western leftists can't
criticize the leaders and even masses of people who live in countries
the leaders of the West oppress, but Western leftists shouldn't
pretend that they are better friends of the masses of the people in
the non-West than the non-Western leaders they criticize, unless and
until they take power and establish governments in their own countries
capable of offering practical aid to them that is superior to anything
provided by what Evo or Chavez or Ahmadinejad or Hamas or Hizbullah or
the Nepali Maoists or whomever or whatever they choose to criticize.
Always keep in mind that they in the non-West have never heard of you
and most likely never will.  You are irrelevant to them.

-- 
Yoshie
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