[Marxism] Short answer re: electoral cretinism, etc.

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Thu Aug 16 09:11:00 MDT 2007


Will return to your note later, Joaquín.

But my surprise was focused on what I understood as a misplaced 
derision by Lüko on electoral politics in general (not of course as 
any kind of "saviour for the Left"). I don't think that eroding the 
Dems (and why not the Reps) for a third party is a bad idea. 

Why do we think the Linkspartei in Germany an interesting 
development? Because Laffontaine will lead the country towards 
socialist revolution and all that? No. He's just a pain in the ass of 
our enemy. Why not supporting him?

Well, that's what I can write now. And at any rate, whatever I write 
on the issue will be essentially ineffectual, so that what's the 
worth of it...


> Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:55:22 -0400
> From: Joaquin Bustelo <jbustelo at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Marxism] Cretinism, electoral and otherwise
> 
>  Nestor and other comrades have expressed surprise at Luko's outburst
> against "electoral cretinism" on this list, and ask, "what is electoral
> cretinism anyways?"
> 
>  "Electoral cretinism" is a form of a disease first described by
> Doctor Karl Marx as "parliamentary cretinism" and it is perhaps useful =
> to go back to Dr. Marx's original description of the condition. He spotted
> a particularly virulent outbreak among the Left or Democratic party in the
> Frankfurt Assembly, a parliamentary body set up during the German =
> Revolution of 1848-1849:
> 
> "They had, from the beginning of their legislative career," Marx wrote,
> "been more imbued than any other faction of the Assembly with that =
> incurable malady Parliamentary cretinism, a disorder which penetrates its
> = unfortunate victims with the solemn conviction that the whole world, its
> history and future, are governed and determined by a majority of votes in
> that particular representative body which has the honor to count them
> among = its members, and that all and everything going on outside the
> walls of their house=97wars, revolutions, railway-constructing, colonizing
> of whole new continents, California gold discoveries, Central American
> canals, = Russian armies, and whatever else may have some little claim to


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