[Marxism] Why do we criticize?
dwaltersMIA at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 16:03:48 MST 2009
Eli...you could of sort of, kind of, stated what you wanted with the
last paragraph and not all the mixing of metaphors...
"What I'm saying, then, is that criticism of imperialism is about
overthrowing imperialism. Criticism of anti-imperialists is, in my
opinion, about one thing and one thing only - the criticizer. Allowing
the criticizer to feel good about him or herself, *at the expense of the
anti-imperialist movement* being criticized."
I think, even being a diabetic, that I have a real sweat tooth for this
sort of discussion...fortunately I will NOT eat that ice cream my kid
has in the fridge so I'll be OK.
Eli, you have a very mixed-up, IMO, view about 'criticism'. To say it's
"mechanical" is to do an injustice to people who look at things too
mechanically. Criticism is ABOUT anti-imperialism. Period. There is no
"here and there" in Marxism. Criticisms and analysis and blurting out
this, that or the other thing is all part of parsing out an analysis of
what is to be done. Without it we simply remain stagnant and can NOT
move on. This is the problem a previous subscriber to this list had with
Sinn Fein in Ireland. They had been "anti-imperialist", few would
disagree with that I suspect, and at a point later they became
collaborators with the British occupation policing the north of the
island for it's colonizers. The subscriber couldn't deal with people
claiming they had gone over to the Dark Side. That we shouldn't
"criticize" SF when they were anti-Imperialist (which of course what the
debate was about). If we don't allow for (and that is what I hear from
what you write: "do NOT criticize!") we have no way of determining WHAT
they are doing and why. Or, if in fact, they have gone over from
anti-Imperialism to accepting it. You method seems totally and very
devoid of Marxism.
If you had applied this same method to the Comintern (at any period of
it's short life) you would of been claiming Lenin an ultra-left
sectarian for "criticizing" nationalist movements in the East. The idea
of "not criticizing" seems to emanate from a form of 'liberalism'
driven-by-guilt of being "Western" in origin. It certainly has zero do
with revolutionary socialism, anti-Imperialism or Marxism.
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