[Marxism] anti communist lie
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Mon Aug 2 06:55:12 MDT 2010
In terms of specific issues and events which occurred between the 1920s and
1950s, they may seem of purely historical interest, but I believe them to
be of massive relevance to all Marxists today. Anti-Stalinism (and for that
matter anti-Maoism) is as fundamental to my own politics (and whole
outlook on everything) as is anti-capitalism; so (as a cultural historian of
fascist Europe as well as a musician) are the issues of popular fronts or
united fronts, which affect my contemporary allegiances. <<
Simply because issues of the 1920's and 1950s are important to ones
personal political inclination does not means said issues are important to the
spontaneous movement of the proletariat or any political group. In my estimate
the fundamental split and breach within the American communist movement,
at least since the formation of the Comintern has always been between
syndicalism and anarcho-syndicalism and Marxism. This split has permeated all
ideological currents including ideological Trotskyism and ideological
Stalinism. Specifically, William Z. Foster former General Secretary of the CPUSA
remains our most famous communist-syndicalist.
The emergent polarity within the real time communist movement is expressed
as the spontaneous proletarian movement shedding its old forms of struggle
and organization. This real time dynamic is in turn expressed within living
real time Marxism as an assessment of the new polarity being generated by
the emergence and quantitative expansion of a new technology regime. Unlike
the period between say 1920 and 1980, the capitalist mode of accumulation
has shifted from just crisis based on its internal metabolism and stands in
antagonism with revolutionary new means of production.
This is no mere cyclical crisis of capital being played out. We are living
the period of the evolutionary leap to a new post industrial revolution
productivity regime. In plain Marxist terms we are in leap to a new mode of
production, rather than simply fighting to impose a socialist project
(property relation) on the industrial system.
One section of Marxism remains stuck in the past clinging to old doctrine.
Over the past 10 years of affiliation with this list I have read very
little from any regular contributors concerning the changes in the form of the
proletarian movement, other than what I occasionally write. For me this is
the list greatest shortcoming. My last contribution on this matter of change
was to provide the data on the shift in auto workers union from
predominately employed to retired members. This shift is having profound impact on
the formation of new forms of class insurgency. For instance there are
roughly 350,000 members of the UAW, with less than 100,000 employed in auto.
There are roughly 800,000 retired members. It is these retired workers at the
core of real self movement of a segment of Detroit's proletariat.
This is hardly an academic question. These retired workers bring a sense
of self organization to the spontaneous movement in real time. The trade
union movement all of us grew up with is spent. The revolution in the means of
production must by definition change the social organization of labor and
drive the leap - transition, from old industrial trade unionism to
something that is slowly coming into view. The problem on the "ground floor" of
this qualitative change in form of organization is one of being a part of this
living process and fighting to shape what does not yet exist. Elementary
Marxism teaches all of we are facing a change as great as the transition
from craft unionism as predominate to predominance of industrial union forms.
In my opinion the whole rehashing of the Stalin-Trotsky ideological divide
and apparent passion of "anti-Stalinism" AND equating writers to this list
with Zionism and Zionists is more or less a cover for sterility,
theoretical shabbiness and a refusal to deal in real time matters. Zionists indeed.
Apparently you lack any awareness of the history of raising the Palestinian
Question in America.
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