[Marxism] Abandoning the iconographic imagery and language of "revolution"

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Sun May 26 13:47:26 MDT 2013

On May 26, 2013, at 12:59 PM, Jeffrey Masko wrote:
> There has been a lot of talk about leaving the past imagery of  
> upraised
> fists, red flags and talk of revolutionary aims in the dustbin...

What has to be abandoned is the fetishism of the word "revolution."   
The American racist and genocidal colonizers proclaimed their violent  
uprising a "revolution"--how many Leftists today still honor them  
because of that fetish-word "revolution?" The Nazis, every one of  
them, thought of themselves as a "revolution" and were quite justified  
to do so by their violent imposition of total political transformation  
everywhere they went. The gangster Stalin was supported by most  
Leftists because he called himself a Revolutionary (while slaughtering  
communists) and because he imposed by violence political  
transformation throughout eastern and central Europe. And today there  
are all-too-many Leftists ready to ally themselves with the Gulf  
despotisms and the benighted criminal fanatics of Al Nusra et. al.  
because without them there would no longer be a Syrian "revolution."

The word "revolution" (except in its astronomical usage) should never  
stand alone.  It must always have modifiers that specify the  
ideological, political, and social nature of the process to be called  
"revolution."  A process of  reactionary ideological, political, or  
social nature may perfectly well be a real revolution, but that should  
merely make it more repugnant to the Left.

> Shane Mage

"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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