[Marxism] Fletcher/Davidson versus Occupy

aaron s. amaral amaral1871 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 19:44:12 MDT 2012

The fucking reason we have a "groundhog day" moment every four years is
precisely dependent on, and a result of, the profound strategic error
represented by Fletcher's argument. And his reliance on a  narrative about
race, completely ignores empire's dependence on a virulent islamophobia to
support the further militarization of the state, its ongoing wars, and the
nationalism which fertilizes the right-wing populism Fletcher is so fond of
decrying. (and lets not talk about the ever further militarised police
forces which kill black folks at a race of one less than every 36
past year). Infuriating...

This is not about the discrete act of casting a ballot, this is giving
ideological cover to the $400 plus million  dollars the AFL-CIO plans to
spend to elect a candidate and a party who not only support the war on
workers, but whose very strategy lays the ground for ever further moves


On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 9:23 PM, Thomas Bias <tgbias at ptd.net> wrote:

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> Sad to say, that comparison was used in 2004 by Tariq Ali, when he was
> arguing that Americans should vote for Kerry to get Bush out of office. He
> argued that both were representative of the Empire, but that being ruled by
> Claudius would be better than being ruled by Caligula (who preceded
> Claudius) or Nero (who succeeded Claudius). I'm not sure that for a slave
> or
> for a proletarian (which is what free workers were called) that it made a
> damned bit of difference then, any more than it does now. ~Tom
> -----Original Message-----
> One thing that struck me about the Fletcher-Davidson article is the
> comparison of Republicans to Caligula.
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and spiritual things could exist. Nevertheless, it is not in the form of
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felt in the class struggle. They manifest themselves in this struggle as
courage, humor, cunning, and fortitude. They have retroactive force and
will constantly call in question every victory, past and present, of the
rulers. As flowers turn toward the sun, by dint of a secret heliotropism
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