[Marxism] McKinney, Glick, Browder

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 13:45:54 MDT 2008

I appreciate the honesty of Marvin's response and respect the effort.

If I were concerned about an "abstract" principle, I'd be like various
supporters of socialist canddiacies on the list, eager to use the
ballot simply to bear witness.  For decades, such an approach has had
little interest for me.  The key is making a difference.

Frankly, the argument that we are in a fundamentally different epoch
where the old lines no longer apply is ultimately less persuasive than
the argument that this is a campaign made unique by race.  The simple
reality is that those lines can remain geneally very relevant, even if
very peculiar local circumstances mediate their applicability.

Would the positions we took in the 1960s and 1970s have been any less
relevant in Alabama...where circumstances were thwarting their
application?  And how is it different today, simply because the
globally relevant politics don't seem to apply in our specific corner
of the world?

But, again, this is the discussion I think we need to be having.  And
I really appreciate Marvin's honesty of response.


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