[Marxism] "Explanations" Divorced from Political Projects

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Sat Jul 29 08:25:09 MDT 2006

On 7/29/06, Sayan Bhattacharyya <ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com> wrote:
> Does this seem like something out of North Korea or what?
> Why would anyone march on the street if they have managed to become
> convinced that everything is going just great?
> There are some really difficult-to-surmount problems here.
> I wonder... whre does this enormous trust in authority come from?  Even
> young people these days don't seem to rebel against their parents as they
> used to, apparently. Trust in parental authority-figures is at historical
> highs. How did this happen? (Is there a "marxist explanation" for this? :-)

Once a population gets thoroughly proletarianized, it tends to become
paradoxically more difficult to organize proletarians as a class due
to the atomizing power of labor market competition.  It may be easier
to get a socialist revolution going at a point in a nation's history
when masses of peasants are _just beginning to get proletarianized_,
so they still have personal experiences of both peasant and
proletarian lives.  In other words, it is not the constant state of
being a proletarian per se but the experience of _disposession and
displacement_ that gives the strongest subjective impetus to revolt
and revolution.

That said, there are two rebellious peoples in the world -- the French
and the Iranians -- who have managed to rebel on a large scale quite
regularly (the French) and pull off a revolution (the Iranians) driven
by predominantly urban uprisings.  Their experiences are worth study,
for those of us who live in predominantly urban and proletarian

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