[Marxism] Richardson advocates dialoque with Cuba, Venezuala

Ruthless Critic of All that Exists ok.president+marxml at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 01:35:49 MDT 2008


On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 2:56 AM, Lüko Willms <lueko.willms at t-online.de> wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:30:14 -0400, Ruthless Critic of All that Exists
> wrote:
>
>> As much as we disagree with the Cuban dissidents, it seems to be only
>> fair
>
>  I am not fair against the bourgeoisie. I am against them.

That is all very well. (And who among us socialists isn't against the
bourgeoisie?)

But the point is that, there is not much utility in speaking only
among socialists. That's a bit like preaching to the choir. When you
talk with non-socialist people and try to convince them, win them over
politically, it is important to be fair and to be seen as fair.
Because, if you are not perceived as fair, then people will not be
convinced by you -- they will think of you as a hypocrite who can't be
trusted.

So, to say "I am not fair, I am against them" will sound very
impressive in a who's-leftier-than-the-next-person, but in the real
world of changing non-socialists' hearts and minds and winning them
over to socialism, it will seem like sloganeering.

Therein, comrades, lies the political utility of being fair. People
will *listen* to your arguments if they see you as being fair. If they
see you tuning something out, they too will tune you out.




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