[Marxism] MDC weaknesses
sartesian at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 2 11:45:01 MDT 2008
The "list" such as it is, doesn't exclude things, a priori, based on subject
heading or political position (except for the Stalin/Trotsky debate). So
there have numerous postings not just defending Zimbabwe from UN
intervention, but collapsing that defense with defense of Mugabe.
That conflation has been challenged, by many.
A position that supports UN sanctions has been expressed by only 1 or 2
individuals, and that too has not gone unchallenged.
The late Mark Jones disagreed with about everything I said, and vice-versa.
But, I wrote on one occassion, if Savimbi had won in Angola, and if 3 years
after that he fell out with his imperialist sponsors, even if it was over
his simple greed to claim more of the mineral wealth as his own, and if
those sponsors then called for sanctions or fielded a force to overthrow
Savimbi, we, as Marxists would oppose those sanctions and that field force
without changing our analysis and opposition to Savimbi one bit. Mark
wrote me to say that he found that our agreement on that position to be
worth more than all the strenuous disagreements we had.
Same thing with Nestor. He and I disagree almost always. One thing we
absolutely agreed upon was the need to oppose any UN/US military venture in
Myanmar under the mask of humanitarianism. Doesn't change our other
disagreements; doesn't change the nature of the Myanmar regime.
We have to avoid all illusions-- one that there is such a thing as
"apolitical" humanitarianism that motivates capital and agents; and another
that capitalist attacks mean that there is not, indeed, a real revolutionary
struggle to be waged against those who have fallen out of favor.
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