[Marxism] US "Militant" greets NATO-backed rebel victory in Libya

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Sun Aug 28 04:40:42 MDT 2011

OH so many thanks for that contribution Lou.  I feel like saying "flattery
will get you nowhere"; but I DO think comrades SHOULD read Binh's
contribution several times and THINK for yourselves, and perhaps follow up
with re-reading Karl's contributions to discussion of 1848, and not least,
of course, the Communist Manifesto.  

We are in EXCITING times: for the Arab world it IS their 1848; for us we are
pawns in the global crisis of capitalism, in a situation which even Lenin
had never seen the like.   Our understanding of how to apply Marxist
dialectics has never been so tried before.

And do not forget that when the Communist Manifesto talks of "the party",
Marx and Engels were not thinking of the CPSU(b), the CPGB, the CPI, or the
CPUSA - but of all the working class (and I think, at that time of the first
beginnings of industrial capitalism, they were thinking of the whole of the
"common people" - Burke's "mob" or "great unwashed".  We HAVE to create this
unity once again.

At 20 I was a young tank officer in the British Army looking forward to
fighting to end fascism; now I can only watch - and hope that this century's
20 yr-olds will have better success.


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[mailto:marxism-bounces+e.c.apling=btinternet.com at greenhouse.economics.utah.
edu] On Behalf Of Louis Proyect
Sent: 28 August 2011 1:34 AM
To: e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Subject: Re: [Marxism] US "Militant" greets NATO-backed rebel victory in


On a Saturday afternoon in early January I had the distinct pleasure to 
meet with E.C. "Paddy" Apling, an 84 year old Marxmail subscriber who 
like dozens of others over the years have looked me up in New York City. 
I believe that most have found me quite amiable in person in contrast to 
my carefully cultivated mad dog internet persona.

I was particularly interested in meeting a veteran of the 30s and 40s 
period since I share my friend Paul Buhle's commitment to oral history. 
I was also involved in an oral history project with an old friend from 
the SWP who has done video interviews with that truly "greatest 
generation", namely those who stood up to capitalism and imperialism 
during the darkest hours of humanity.

Despite being called Paddy, he is not Irish. As a youth, he found his 
birth name Edward Chatterton a bit stuffy for his taste. Paddy explained 
to me that when he was very young (5-10), he used to stay at his aunt's 
big farm house, which had three staircases (one with doors top and 
bottom leading to the servants' quarters), where he would hide from the 
elders, especially the formidable Aunt Kate who would summon him as if 
in a Dickens novel: "Edward Chatterton, come here at once". This 
persuaded him through a kind of aversion therapy to adopt another name. 
The name Paddy came from a show in London in 1924 called "Paddy the Next 
Best Thing" (his mother had been hoping for a girl.)

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/ec-paddy-apling/

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