[Marxism] back to taking power?

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 3 15:21:57 MST 2014

Hi Andrew I read this carefully.  You are correct when you say there is
confusion there.  For me, the problem is the legacy of libertarian thought
heavily inflected by post structuralism.  Thus we had "rhizomes" and "empty
signifiers":.  Jayzusss Krayst but I hate that crap.

What we are seeing is a situation that calls for a class analysis.  The
role of the rural masses, i.e. the peasantry, is very significant in the
Arab world especially, but I suspect not only there.

The priests still seem to have the edge in organizing the rural masses.
What is needed is for the Left to advance demands that meet the needs of
the peasants.  Where is Mao when you need him?

In any case, the question of the seizure of power is coming to the fore.
In a crisis of this magnitude, the Right will seize power if the Left does
not.  In is in that context that the Libertarian strain, is for me a woeful
distraction.  I think that what we are seeing is that the 2011 wave of
libertarian organizing has exhausted itself and for once and at long last
the problem is emerging of how to directly challenge state power.

Talk of diagonals, verticals and horizontals is just so intellectual
fluff.  The situation is becoming too serious for all that nonsense.



On Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 1:11 AM, Andrew Pollack <acpollack2 at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Although some of the formulations are confusing, this piece seems to be
> rejecting the "don't take state power" line, and argues for linking up
> local, national and transnational efforts through democratic assemblies as
> a way of taking, or at least pushing aside, the State.
> And his notion of "diagonal" organizing might prove helpful in overcoming
> the horizontalist fetish.
> Note also his belief that the level of anger and potential for mobilization
> in Europe, especially the southern tier, is still high (more on that
> later).
> Andy P.
> http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/922.php
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> Transformations
>  Mario Candeias
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