[Marxism] I Am A communist

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Sat Jul 9 14:39:39 MDT 2011

On Jul 9, 2011, at 3:25 PM, Rustbelt Radical wrote:
> ...All words are loaded, we have to fight for them just like we have  
> to fight for the ideas behind them. But, we agree. I don't think we  
> should use that term popularly (except in theoretical terms) in this  
> country because it so loaded. As far as the SWP goes, I didn't go  
> through that experience thankfully so I am less inclined to have  
> that specific tradition define what words I use or not. Like you  
> said, 'socialim' is as loaded as 'communism' in its way. Do you have  
> an alternative name to what we propose besides the ones, which is  
> all of them, which could lead to confusion.

Given that the words socialism/socialist and communism/communist, for  
eminently justified reasons, evoke such negative responses among  
American workers despite their distrust and disgust with the Liberal  
and Conservative wings of the capitalist establishment,  we do need an  
alternative name for use in nontheoretical discourse.  Fortunately  
there is a fine American term, hated by establishment Liberals and  
Conservatives alike, but with only positive resonance among the  
working masses: *Populism*, meaning politics of  by  and  for "We the  
People."  The utter fecklessness of what passes for an American left  
is well illustrated by the terms of its debate about the 2012  
election: support for the loathsome Obama as a "lesser evil" to his  
Repugnicon political clone vs. helpless passivity masquerading as  
rejection as meaningless of any electoral politics beyond a sectarian  
protest vote.   And yet it is clearer than ever that a majority, maybe  
even an absolute majority, of the American people would welcome the  
presence of a People's Party pledged to taking the economy out of the  
hands of the banksters, protecting American living standards against  
"free trade" and austerity, and restoring full employment by proactive  
government intervention.

Shane Mage

"scientific discovery is basically recognition of obvious realities
that self-interest or ideology have kept everybody from paying  
attention to"

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