[Marxism] Fight far from over in Honduras: Will pact allow Zelaya to use the bully pulpit?
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.
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From: "Fred Feldman" <ffeldman at bellatlantic.net>
To: "David Schanoes" <sartesian at earthlink.net>
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Subject: [Marxism] Fight far from over in Honduras: Will pact allow Zelaya
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