[Marxism] Leftist self-loathing
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sobuadhaigh at hushmail.com
Sun Jul 13 21:13:16 MDT 2008
>The McKinney and especially the Nader campaigns are a THOUSAND
>TIMES more revolutionary and more communist than the campaigns of
>moth-eaten cliques of petty-bourgeois intelligentsia that go
>around preaching socialism in sackcloth and overwhelmingly succeed
>in discrediting socialism -- and themselves.
>They are a THOUSAND TIMES *more* communist because they challenge,
>in the REAL world, for millions of working people, one of the MAIN
>instruments through which the bourgeoisie maintains its
>political-ideological hegemony -- the two party system.
Moth-eaten cliques of petty-bourgeois intelligentsia? Aren't you
being a little rough there comrade? The US presidential electoral
circus comes to town every four years and I am amazed at the level
of leftist self-loathing it has brought to the surface on this
list. Something tells me that the Reconstruction party has yet to
catch fire simply because because there are socialist parties that
run their own campaigns. As for the part about Nader being a
virtual communist, that is still something I am struggling to
understand. if striking a blow against two party domination is in
and of itself a revolutionary act then the George Wallace of 1968
becomes a virtual Che Guevara. I remind you that Wallace did reach
"millions of working people" with his "there's not a dimes worth of
difference between the Democratic and Republican parties" line.
What is the point of nursing this hatred for struggling groups of
revolutionaries working to organize and educate as best they can
with small memberships and limited resources? Do you believe that
if every dues paying radical woke up tomorrow, apologized on this
list for being petty-bourgeois and then devoted their life to the
Reconstruction party that it would get McKinney the coveted 5% of
the popular vote? If every communist in some kind of communist
organization is so totally moth-eaten and inept then why beat them
up and act as if they are the ones wrecking Nader's chances of
becoming president and discrediting socialism all in one fell swoop?
As to the attempt to inflict class origin guilt, I am really not
sure that has any relevance to anything. I teach students and live
in a small Midwestern city dominated by a university. So what. In
the real world people do lots of things and have lots of
experiences that shape their political consciousness. I have done
time in heavy industry and it wasn't because Jack Barnes ordered
me. I have seen my share of ernest young newspaper vendors as I was
going to work and heard the foolish things they said. I have also
seen leftists in the late Vietnam era military work under difficult
conditions to organize and educate as best they could as some of
use struggled to preserve our sanity by understanding the cause,
and the cure, for imperialism.
For everyone dedicated to entryism and on fire for the
revolutionary potential of Ralph Nader my advice is have fun and
cast your vote proudly. On the way to the polls try and drop the
guilt trip and save your righteous indignation for the oppressors.
Otherwise you will be the ones wearing sackcloth.
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