[Marxism] Fight far from over in Honduras: Will pact allow Zelaya to use the bully pulpit?

S. Artesian sartesian at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 31 16:31:00 MDT 2009

Well, as self-promoting as it might be, I simply must provide a 
counter-analysis to this "feel good, Shannon's a good guy" baloney spewed 
about by professor Grandin.  So, immodestly--

Time Up, Time Down
An Agreement Was Reached

Big surprise... an agreement was reached between... different sections, 
different agents of the same ruling class. And on what did these different 
clowns in the same circus agree? They agreed on a charade. A pantomime. A 
folie a deux.

Said Alphonse to Gaston, "After you." Said Gaston to Alphonse, "Oh no, after 
you. I insist."

Said Micheletti to US assistant secretary of State for Western Hemispheric 
Affairs Thomas Shannon, "I'll pretend to agree to recognize that Zelaya 
might return to office four weeks prior to new elections, with no control 
over the military, with no agitation for a constituent assembly, with no 
penalty to coup-iers."

Said Zelaya to Shannon, "I'll pretend that I'm actually returning to office, 
with no control over the military, with no constituent assembly, with no 
penalty to coup-iers, and proclaim a great victory."

Said Tom to Hillary, channeling the former president, "Mission 
This agreement is an attempt at misdirection, at disorientation of the 
resistance to the coup, which of course, is more than a resistance to the 
coup but the initial eruption of a revolutionary struggle.

Even if accepted by the Congress and the Supreme Court, the agreement 
pretends to allow Zelaya to return to office in only a ceremonial role, as 
the military would be under the control of the electoral commission, and the 
election is going to be held in 4 weeks. And of course, the old 
razzle-dazzle of truth commissions, a government of national reconciliation 
blahblahblah will function as spectacle, to obscure and distract from the 
real, material, economic circumstances that precipitated the movement into 
the streets at the opportunity of Zelaya's removal.

The police, secret police, paramilitary organizations, the practitioners of 
terror against the rural and urban poor, are maintained in their positions 
without penalty except of course the revolutionary penalty that the movement 
can impose itself-- and if that should occur, Zelaya, Micheletti, Shannon, 
Clinton, Reich, the OAS, will be united in a government of international 
reconciliation denouncing such self-defense by the poor as "destabilizing" 
to the prospects of "democracy," detrimental to the legitimacy of the truth 
commissions blahblahblah-- all that junk that capitalism circulates as 
exchange value without any corresponding use value.

The agreement prohibits action on behalf of a constituent assembly until 
after January, when a new government is in power. The bourgeoisie know that 
the key to maintaining political power when bankruptcy looms is the same as 
the key for maintaining property and business by any individual capitalist 
when economic bankruptcy looms--- delay. Restructure, reorganize, even if 
its only the deck chairs on the sinking ship. In short, buy time-- buy time, 
buying time, of course is literally what makes the bourgeoisie bourgeoisie. 
The time expropriated, equally of course, is that time that might,could, 
must be seized by others; that time that belongs to those others; that time 
that belongs to those others who labor in the maquiladoras, on the 
plantations, on their minifundias.

A constituent assembly is no solution to the problems faced by the workers 
and poor in Honduras as such an assembly is a political form, reproducing in 
essence the illusory separation of property from social struggle, an 
illusion that, like the buying of time, also allows the bourgeoisie to 
function as the bourgeoisie, as a ruling class with class obscured. The 
conflict in Honduras is, however, exactly the social combat that dispels 
such illusions, that identifies class and property as the content, the 
substance of the struggle. As such, success for the workers, urban and rural 
poor of Honduras, exists outside and beyond the demands for a constituent 
assembly. Any possibility of success necessarily exists only in the 
organizations those workers, those poor create in the self-defense of the 
reclamation of their own time.

The bourgeoisie, however, see, feel, sense, behind the demand for the form 
of the constituent assembly just that substance. In their recognition of the 
historical impossibility, the obsolescence of their own political forms, the 
bourgeoisie are in substance admitting the obsolescence of their property, 
of themselves, of their time.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Fred Feldman" <ffeldman at bellatlantic.net>
To: "David Schanoes" <sartesian at earthlink.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:42 PM
Subject: [Marxism] Fight far from over in Honduras: Will pact allow Zelaya 
to use the bully pulpit?

> http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091116/grandin
> Honduras: Solution or Stall? By Greg Grandin

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