[Marxism] Review of a Mark Lause book
charlesb at cncl.ci.detroit.mi.us
Fri Jul 18 13:00:33 MDT 2008
Mark Lause's Young America
Land, Labor and the Republican Community
by Louis Proyect
Lause, Mark A.: Young America: Land, Labor and the Republican
Community, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, 2005
ISBN 0-252-07230-8 (paper), ISBN 0-252-02980-1 (cloth), 240 pages
(Swans - July 31, 2006) There is a tendency to look at American
working people as part of the problem rather than as part of the
solution. This was especially pronounced after the 2004 elections,
when despairing liberals felt that "red state" voters chose George W.
Bush against their own class interests. Oddly enough, their disgust
with the American blue collar worker was reflected in Bertolt
Brecht's poem The Selection, with the substitution of the word
"liberals" for "government":
After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts.
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
Against this understandable tendency to blame the people, labor and
left historians in the U.S. have worked hard to correct the record.
Following the example of Howard Zinn, the dean of this school, they
uncover instances of working people acting on their own class
interests and for the interests of humanity as a whole.
CB: Wonder why,in the Marxmail disucssion, Mark L. didn't cheer
Herbert A's thesis, after Marx, on working people as a big part of the
solution at the Civil War.
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