[Marxism] Marta Harnecker on the Latin American Left

stansfield smith stansfieldsmith at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 2 18:25:46 MDT 2010

  Some of Marta Harnecker's explanation of the mistakes of 20th century socialism:

"(b) theoryism and dogmatism, which led to strategism [great strategic goals were planned, e.g., the struggle for national liberation and socialism, but without any concrete analysis of the historical conditions]; and (c) a distorted “subjectivism” [reification of the historical subject] in analyzing reality—inappropriate strategies and tactics were used, based on an inability to see the historical uniqueness of the revolutionary social subject."

 This sounds exactly like the garbage I was forced to study and take seriously at University of Chicago social science grad school. Evidently Harnecker is not concerned with addressing and educating workers and peasants and revolutionaries, but in appealing to academics by speaking their own pretentious nonsense. I would think that for someone like Harnecker that it would be ABC that if you want to educate the classes that are going to make the revolution, you'd better speak their language.
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. 
Steven Biko 


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