[Marxism] Is Lebanon on the verge of a new fighting?

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 22 20:54:27 MDT 2008


Back when I first joined the Young Socialist Alliance, the youth
group of the then-Trotskist Socialist Workers Party, we early on
took a class in dialectics with a book called AN INTRODUCTION TO
THE LOGIC OF MARXISM, by William F. Warde, which was the pen name
of George E. Novack. There we learned about the difference between
formal logic (A=A) and dialectical logic (A sometimes=A, sometimes
doesn't, and sometimes can be in transition between the categories.)

Similarly the statement that you're either for socialism or you're
for capitalism. Most workers in most places of the entire world
don't think in such clear and conscious terms.

Thus, such over-broad generalizations as "Nationalism is a bourgeois
ideology" are politically useless. Some nationalisms are good (take
the Cuban kind, for example), some are bad (take the Zionist variety,
or U.S. nationalism, for another). 

Yossi writes that "The outlook of the working class is not left
nationalism, but internationalism." However, Yossi, your very own
life experience contradicts this, approximately 100%, since the 
working class of your own country, Israel, is basically and almost
entirely lacking in this quality. That is why you say that you 
suffer from "terrible social isolation".

The privileges which I enjoy are many, and, trust me, I'm extremely
conscious of them. They include, but are not limited to: no longer
needing to be employed to make enough money to live, being further
reasonably healthy and reasonably economically solvent, having a
political project - the CubaNews list - with which I'm satisfied
and highly fulfilled, and so on. I'm also not unaware that having
United States citizenship confers more than a few privileges by 
its very nature, as any undocumented immigrant could confirm were
you to ask them. Being of white appearance in the United States is
also a factor which grants, automatically, innumerable privileges.
(I do not identify as "white", but as Jewish, or as some friends
have taken to calling me, an "American-Cuban", due to my political
work and orientation.

I have now answered your question. Normally I don't care to answer
such personal questions by people who don't provide the answers to
such questions themselves. However, I truly appreciate your candid
statement of your views, something not frequently found in politics.

So what about you? What are your privileges, and, if you care to
explain, do they have any impact on your behavior and outlook in
life and politics? Being a Jewish person with normal citizenship
in the Zionist state confers substantial privileges, but also it
has come to confer some powerful liabilities. That's one of the
reasons why more than a few Israelis go to Cuba for vacation as
there are no suicide bombers there.


Walter Lippmann
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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YOSSI SCHWARTZ writes:
You are giving yourself the evidence that Hezbollah is committed to
capitalism. To begin with it is not a working class party but a
populist movement. In this world in this epoch either a
socio-political movement is fighting for working class revolution or
it supports capitalism. Nationalism is a bourgeois ideology. The
outlook of the working class is not left nationalism but
internationalism.

Secondly Lebanon is a capitalist state. The Seniora government is not
only a capitalist government but a pro imperialist government. Yet
Hezbollah has joined this government.

What you are saying about Israel is very true. We the few Marxists
who live in Israel are facing this very harsh reality and terrible
social isolation. Israel is a colonialist settle colony that to be a
Marxist in such a society it means you have to go 100 percent against
the stream and pay a high price for being a revolutionary Marxist and
may be because of it we understand some things you do not.

Racism is ideology and by itself it can not explains social reality.
Privileges as an explanation are much more to the point. But may I
ask about the privileges you enjoy?


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     WALTER LIPPMANN
     Los Angeles, California
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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