[Marxism] more re some addled holloway
michael a. lebowitz
mlebowit at sfu.ca
Thu Mar 22 13:08:33 MDT 2012
Manuel quoted Holloway:
"It's better to take the simpler explanation and say that, if the
relation of domination is in crisis, it is because the dominated are not
docile enough; they are not prostrating themselves sufficiently. The
inadequacy of our subordination is the cause of the crisis."
And then Manuel commented:
'THIS is the point of departure! I could not but concur. Our assumptions
cannot be that we are in a position of disadvantage--we have always been
so--but that there are many, many more now that are challenging that
disadvantage, that assumption of domination. We are in a Better position
and we have to act and help others believe accordingly.
Holloway's words are often beautiful but it's good to know what he
means by refusing to be subordinated. Who is the we who are the crisis
of capital? Thanks to Richard Menec's transcription we can see it includes:
'But also, it may just
be theresistance of parents who want toplay with their children, lovers
who want tospend an extra hour in bed, students who think that they can
taketime tocriticize, humans who still dream of being human.
We are thecrisis of capital. We who do not bow low enough. We who do not
run fast enough.'
This is vintage Holloway. As I pointed out in my HM comment on his
'how to change nothing without taking power', it includes:
the 'wise peasant' who, when the great lord passes, 'bows deeply and
silently farts' .
Michael A. Lebowitz
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