[Marxism] James Daly
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 4 08:11:15 MDT 2008
James Daly, a philosophy professor and long-time Marxmail subscriber,
just unsubbed. I guess that he found me unbearably abusive. Too bad
he didn't stick around. I was just getting warmed up.
I would have told him this at some point: Comrade Daly, you express
distaste for Gowans's comment that "Trotskyites have always been
useful to Washington and London: many are reliably against the same
revolutions (though for different reasons), and therefore serve the
useful function of whittling away at left support."
But he couldn't make the connection between this kind of vile
Stalinist calumny and the pro-Mugabe apologetics. Talk about
cognitive dissonance. It is like not being able to make the
connection between Trotsky's assassination in 1940 and the Moscow
Trials that preceded it.
Gowans's writings on Zimbabwe, to get straight to the point, is
*exactly* the methodology of the Stalintern except that it
substitutes decrepit bourgeois nationalist regimes for the USSR. If
Trotsky had to be silenced in order to "defend" the Soviet Union,
then it is necessary today to scandalize people like Patrick Bond who
has the temerity to point out that Emperor Mugabe is not wearing any
clothes. Here's some tidbits from Gowans:
"Board member Reginald Matchaba Hove won the NED democracy award in
2006. Described by its first director as doing overtly what the CIA
used to do covertly, the NED and by extension the NGOs it funds
are not politically neutral organizations... It doesn't take long to
connect Hove to left scholar Patrick Bond (of Her Majesty's NGOs) and
his Center for Civil Society. The Center is a program partner with
the Southern Africa Trust, one of whose trustees is ZESN board member
Reginald Matchaba Hove."
Get it, comrades? NED, CIA, Patrick Bond. Six degrees of separation.
I wonder if there is any truth to the rumor that Patrick is digging a
tunnel from Zambia into Zimbabwe in order to smuggle in guns from the CIA...
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