[Marxism] Marxism Digest, Vol 166, Issue 33

Paul Mueller pauldanieloak at aol.com
Fri Aug 25 13:41:39 MDT 2017


RE: "Unlikely Allies Join Fight to Protect Free Speech..."

Too bad I didn't know about Malik Miah's article a few months ago. I was kicked off the Solidarity email list when I objected to support given by members of the Political Committee to the black bloc when they stopped Milo from speaking here in Berkeley.  It looks to me like the present leadership of Solidarity never read Malik's article or the similar article  by Hal Draper.  I was informed that a trans person in Berkeley was threatened by Milo and therefor it was right for Solidarity to do anything to stop Milo from speaking.  It doesn't look to me like the leaders of Solidarity have any idea how the 1st Amendment protects socialists.  Too many of them are school teachers who have become used to having the power to stop "hate speech".  They think they should have that power outside their oppressive classrooms.

Paul Mueller
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> Today's Topics:
> 
>   1.  Fwd: Kamran Nayeri's Writings: The Rise and Fall of the 1979
>      Iranian Revolution: Its Lessons for Today (Louis Proyect)
>   2.  Fwd: Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On
>      The Internet : All Tech Considered : NPR (Louis Proyect)
>   3.  Fwd: The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis | Louis Proyect:
>      The Unrepentant Marxist (Louis Proyect)
>   4.  North Korea (John Reimann)
>   5.  Fwd: Another recession is coming,	big banks warn - Salon.com
>      (Louis Proyect)
>   6.  Fwd: 6 Ways This Ivy League University Is Acting Like a PR
>      Firm for Junk Food, GMOs and Pesticides | Alternet (Louis Proyect)
>   7.  Fwd: U.S. Workers in the Late Neoliberal Era | New	Politics
>      (Louis Proyect)
>   8.  Fwd: The "crisis in the Gulf": understanding the roots -
>      International Viewpoint - online socialist magazine (Louis Proyect)
>   9.  Fwd: A Day in Hell ? Enduring Texas? Criminal Injustice
>      System (Louis Proyect)
>  10.  Because of China, Britain did not intervene in the US Civil
>      War on the side of the Confederacy (Dennis Brasky)
>  11.  Fwd: White Supremacist Support for Assad in Charlottesville
>      (and Beyond) | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist (Louis Proyect)
>  12.  Fwd: Marx?s ?Capital? at 150: History in Capital, Capital in
>      History (Louis Proyect)
>  13.  Gary Cohn urges Trump team to do more to condemn neo-Nazis
>      (Louis Proyect)
> 
> 
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> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:14:30 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: Kamran Nayeri's Writings: The Rise and Fall of
> 	the 1979 Iranian Revolution: Its Lessons for Today
> Message-ID: <36dd540b-33d9-c19e-1e6d-3bc24ea7d518 at panix.com>
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> Editorial Note: The following paper was prepared for and presented at 
> the III Conferencia Internacional La Obra de Carlos Marx y Los desafi?os 
> del Siglo XXI (The Third Conference on the Work of Karl Marx and the 
> Challenges of the 21st Century) in Havana, Cuba, in May 2006.  The 
> conference was organized by the Instituto de Filosofia de Cuba.  Alireza 
> Nasab presented the paper to an afternoon session on the first day of 
> the conference.  Alireza Ismaeli Nassab was an Iranian Trotskyist who 
> lived in exile in London and died there meningitis on April 22, 2011. 
> He was 57 years old. Nassab (better known by his movement name as Behzad 
> Kazemi) was a leading socialist activist well-respected among the 
> Iranian socialists and labor activists in Europe.  I have edited the 
> paper, which I drafted in a rush for the conference, and Nassab reviewed 
> offering a few minor changes.  Almost all changes from the original 
> draft are typographical, grammatical, or stylish. I have added 
> informational hyperlinks to the Iranian political personalities, 
> parties, organizations, and places.  Some of these sources may contain 
> errors of omission or commision. The original draft is still available 
> at the Institute of Philosophy's website.  KN.
> 
> https://knayeri.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-rise-and-fall-of-1979-iranian.html
> 
> 
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> 
> Message: 2
> Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:32:38 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free
> 	Speech On The Internet : All Tech Considered : NPR
> Message-ID: <0faee0d9-4e6c-31c5-ff73-ca300919055e at panix.com>
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> http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/08/23/545320833/unlikely-allies-join-fight-to-protect-free-speech-on-the-internet
> 
> Interesting. Former Monthly Review board member Robert McChesney has 
> joined Richard Spencer in defending Daily Stormer on a free speech 
> basis. The Nazi website is up again as https://punishedstormer.com/.
> 
> I want to recommend once again "The Fight Against Fascism in the USA: 
> Forty Years of Struggle Described by Participants" at 
> https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/swp-us/education/antifascism/. 
> It represents an alternative to the antifa approach so much of the left 
> is infatuated with today.
> 
> Malik Miah, now a member of Solidarity, wrote an article in 1975 titled 
> "Free Speech and the Fight Against the Ultraright" that makes the same 
> points I have been trying to make since Charlottesville and that are 
> made by McChesney as well. He writes:
> 
> The "no platform" tactic gives the racists and fascists a new weapon to 
> use against their opponents. It allows these thugs to pose as a 
> persecuted minority or as defenders of democratic rights. Students, as 
> well as most Americans, are correctly concerned about protecting their 
> own democratic rights. The "no platform" position raises the question: 
> Exactly which groups should be banned from expressing their views, and 
> who is to decide this? Where should the line be drawn? Should only open 
> fascist's be banned? What about the KKK, which does not claim to be 
> fascist? What about racist groups like ROAR, in which fascists are 
> active? What about less blatant but more powerful racists like President 
> Ford, who gave the green light to the racist mobs in Boston with his 
> statement against busing last fall? What about Boston Mayor Kevin White, 
> who has made secret deals with ROAR and promised them money out of city 
> funds? What about the notorious racist [AFL-CIO president] George Meany?
> 
> The confusion is confounded by the fact that some of the sectarian 
> groups that call for "no platform for facsists" have their own 
> definition of "fascists". For example, the Revolutionary Student Brigade 
> calls the YSA "fascist" and has physically attacked YSA members selling 
> the Young Socialist and the Militant in public places.
> 
> Some of these groups also include Democrats and Republicans in their 
> category of who should not be allowed to speak publicly. The Progressive 
> Labor Party and the Spartacist League, among other groups, tried 
> numerous times to shout down Democratic Party politicians who spoke at 
> antiwar meetings and demonstrations in the 1960s and early 1970s.
> 
> This "no platform" approach generates fear of radicals as small groups 
> that are trying to force people to adhere to their views or be silent. 
> Many students and others can become so confused by these considerations 
> that they will side with the racists on the question of free speech 
> instead of joining antiracists in a counter-demonstration. Many of the 
> people might be staunchly opposed to the racists and could contribute 
> important forces to the struggle, if the tactics proposed did not 
> confuse the issue.
> 
> It is useful to look further at the logic of the "no platform" position. 
> Consider a hypothetical situation of a referendum on a campus to ban all 
> racist speakers. One thing that could happen is that Zionist students ? 
> who have considerable strength on many campuses ? could attempt to use 
> such a ban against supporters of the Palestinian people. If it were 
> agreed that a referendum could be used to ban racist ideas ? and the 
> ideas of the Zionists definitely fit that category ? this could open the 
> door to pro-Zionist student bodies voting to bar Arab speakers from the 
> campus with the false charge that they are "anti-Semitic".
> 
> The concept of stamping out unpopular ideas ? even by majority vote ? 
> clearly leads to more harm than good. Its logic is that only those ideas 
> considered acceptable by the majority could be freely expressed ? which 
> automatically eliminates most radical ideas at present.
> 
> Students and faculty should be able to control the university 
> facilities, but not what ideas can be expressed on campus. Democratic 
> procedures imply not only majority rule, but also the right of free 
> competition of ideas, on the basis of which people then make up their 
> minds. Just as antiracists should not call on the administration to ban 
> fascist or racist speakers, it is also counterproductive to call on the 
> university to fire racist professors simply because of their ideas. To 
> do so would give the administration a chance to, as Malcolm X put it, 
> make the criminal look like the victim and the victims look like the 
> criminal.
> 
> The firing of professors with racist theories would set the precedent 
> for the firing of Marxist or other radical professors. The authorities 
> are always looking for excuses to fire dissident teachers ? as happened 
> to professors Angela Davis, Bruce Franklin, and Morris Starsky, to cite 
> a few examples.
> 
> full: 
> http://www.angelfire.com/pr/red/black_nationalism/free_speech_ultraright.htm
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:16:21 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>,	PEN-L <pen-l at mail.csuchico.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis | Louis
> 	Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
> Message-ID: <d27c55ff-c246-1b2a-9808-aa5fdcccaa1c at panix.com>
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> 
> Opening tomorrow at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and to be 
> followed with a DVD/VOD release this November, ?The Long Night of 
> Francisco Sanctis? is an Argentine film that might have easily been 
> titled ?Dark Night of the Soul?. Its eponymous main character is a 
> middle-aged man living a life of quiet desperation. A glorified Bob 
> Cratchit, he toils away as a bookkeeper in a small company whose hope 
> for being promoted was dashed in the beginning of the film. Meeting with 
> the boss, he learns that his payment for being a valued employee is a 
> box of groceries, not the coveted promotion.
> 
> Just before returning home, he receives a phone call from a woman he 
> hasn?t spoken to in decades. She wants to meet with him to get his 
> authorization for a poem he wrote long ago when they were classmates in 
> college. That is the pretext for the meeting they have in her car. She 
> has learned from her husband, an air force officer working in 
> counter-intelligence, that two people will be picked up that later that 
> night to meet the fate that twenty thousand Argentinians have already 
> met in 1977: Desaparecido.
> 
> full: 
> https://louisproyect.org/2017/08/24/the-long-night-of-francisco-sanctis/
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 20:11:51 -0700
> From: John Reimann <1999wildcat at gmail.com>
> To: undisclosed-recipients:;
> Subject: [Marxism] North Korea
> Message-ID:
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> 
> Here is a podcast of a presentation made to the Laney College Socialist
> Club by Luke Pickrell on the subject of North Korea.
> https://oaklandsocialist.com/2017/08/25/whats-up-with-north-korea/
> 
> -- 
> "No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them."
> Asata Shakur
> Check out:https:http://oaklandsocialist.com and //
> www.facebook.com/WorkersIntlNetwork?ref=stream
> 
> 
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> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:26:05 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>,	PEN-L <pen-l at mail.csuchico.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: Another recession is coming,	big banks warn -
> 	Salon.com
> Message-ID: <a9928523-07ca-98af-92e1-2be14bfc7a91 at panix.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
> 
> 
> 
> http://www.salon.com/2017/08/24/another-recession-is-coming-big-banks-warn/
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 6
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:39:19 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: 6 Ways This Ivy League University Is Acting
> 	Like a PR Firm for Junk Food, GMOs and Pesticides | Alternet
> Message-ID: <1467f9c4-bf05-f59a-1f93-5ebb8fd51036 at panix.com>
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> 
> Cornell University professors get their marching orders from Big Ag and 
> Big Food.
> 
> http://www.alternet.org/food/6-ways-cornell-university-acts-pr-firm-junk-food-gmos-and-pesticides
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 7
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:09:25 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: U.S. Workers in the Late Neoliberal Era | New
> 	Politics
> Message-ID: <2799af2f-c051-ca4c-5261-c1bf650ea690 at panix.com>
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> 
> U.S. Workers in the Late Neoliberal Era
> The Pressures, the Changes, the Potential
> by Kim Moody
> 
> Capitalism in the United States and across the world has gone through a 
> series of mind-bending crises, spatial ?fixes,? and continuous 
> restructurings that have disoriented organized labor in most of the 
> developed economies since the beginning of the neoliberal era in the 
> late 1970s and early 1980s.
> 
> Since then, however, continued problems of profitability and competition 
> have altered the structure of U.S. capitalism and the working class in 
> ways that could lay the basis for renewed class struggle, as union 
> activists, non-union workers, insurgent immigrants, and urban-based 
> workers caught in low-wage jobs increasingly come face-to-face with 
> deteriorating working and living conditions and with each other in new 
> concentrations of labor on the edges of urban America.
> 
> 
> full: http://newpol.org/content/us-workers-late-neoliberal-era
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 8
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:05:51 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: The "crisis in the Gulf": understanding the
> 	roots - International Viewpoint - online socialist magazine
> Message-ID: <161446f6-e98b-54d3-7b52-5651a30e591d at panix.com>
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> 
> By Gilbert Achcar
> 
> http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5115
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 9
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:26:13 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>,	PEN-L <pen-l at mail.csuchico.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: A Day in Hell ? Enduring Texas? Criminal
> 	Injustice System
> Message-ID: <c4802544-ec17-731b-1db7-7eb0b3125233 at panix.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
> 
> 
> 
> http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=13636
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 10
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:32:14 -0400
> From: Dennis Brasky <dmozart1756 at gmail.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Because of China, Britain did not intervene in the
> 	US Civil War on the side of the Confederacy
> Message-ID:
> 	<CAAAJJ8dKp29BOGUOP12qSXLWk+aw+X8RZv2r7ZH7T3hq5oO7yQ at mail.gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
> 
> https://delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?p=3408
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 11
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:36:03 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>,	PEN-L <pen-l at mail.csuchico.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: White Supremacist Support for Assad in
> 	Charlottesville (and Beyond) | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
> Message-ID: <5f7ebc63-70da-766a-6ec6-3db9a8a76af1 at panix.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
> 
> 
> 
> https://louisproyect.org/2017/08/25/white-supremacist-support-for-assad-in-charlottesville-and-beyond/
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 12
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:35:28 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Fwd: Marx?s ?Capital? at 150: History in Capital,
> 	Capital in History
> Message-ID: <94ecd412-3782-3eef-4d26-2934ebcfd0c0 at panix.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
> 
> 
> 
> https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/25/marxs-capital-at-150-history-in-capital-capital-in-history/
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 13
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:57:45 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
> 	<marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Gary Cohn urges Trump team to do more to condemn
> 	neo-Nazis
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> 
> (The irony is that the economic programs he is implementing under Trump 
> will deepen the rage of working-class whites who will fail to make the 
> connection between their plight and the attack on them orchestrated by 
> the two capitalist parties.)
> 
> 
> FT, August 25 2017
> Gary Cohn urges Trump team to do more to condemn neo-Nazis
> by: Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Gillian Tett in New York
> 
> 
> Gary Cohn, the top White House economic official, said the Trump 
> administration ?must do better? in?condemning neo-Nazis and white 
> supremacists following the violent protests in Charlottesville this 
> month that sparked one of the biggest controversies of?Donald Trump?s 
> presidency.
> 
> Mr Cohn, a Jewish-American who was president of Goldman Sachs before 
> becoming head of the White House national economic council, told the 
> Financial Times he faced ?enormous pressure? to quit after the uproar 
> over Mr Trump?s reaction to the clashes in the Virginia university town 
> that left one woman dead. The president first blamed ?both sides? for 
> the violence and later said that there were ?very fine people? among the 
> white supremacist groups.
> 
> ?This administration can and must do better in consistently and 
> unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal 
> the deep divisions that exist in our communities,??Mr Cohn said in his 
> first public comments on the issue.
> 
> Mr Cohn, who with Treasury secretary?Steven Mnuchin is leading the 
> administration?s efforts to enact?tax reform, seriously considered 
> resigning, according to his friends, but opted to remain following 
> conversations with Mr Trump.
> 
> ?I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my 
> current position,? the former banker said during an interview about 
> economic policy.
> 
> ?As a patriotic American, I am reluctant to leave my post?.?.?.?because 
> I feel a duty to fulfil my commitment to work on behalf of the American 
> people. But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events 
> of the last two weeks,? he said.
> 
> ?Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with 
> white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,? Mr Cohn added.
> 
> ?As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ?Jews will not 
> replace us? to cause this Jew to leave his job. I feel deep empathy for 
> all who have been targeted by these hate groups. We must all unite 
> together against them.?
> 
> While Mr Cohn urged the administration to confront racism more 
> aggressively, almost all the criticism since Charlottesville has focused 
> on Mr Trump, as many?Republicans distanced themselves from the 
> president?s response. During the past week, Mr Trump has alternated 
> between trying to backtrack on his comments and accusing the media of 
> having misrepresented his words.
> 
> Mr Cohn, a major supporter of Jewish causes, faced strong criticism from 
> some Wall Street colleagues and friends over his decision to stay. But 
> several chief executives, including some who resigned from the White 
> House advisory council in?protest over Charlottesville, urged him to 
> remain in order to help promote a pro-business agenda in an 
> administration in which he is seen as a mainstream official. ?I really 
> hoped he would stay and I told him that,? one chief executive said this 
> week.
> 
> In the coming days, Mr Cohn and the White House will start a campaign to 
> promote tax reform ? a new focus that will delight business groups, 
> which have become increasingly disappointed by the lack of tangible 
> policy progress over the past seven months.
> Asked whether his decision to remain in the administration was 
> influenced by the recent firing of Steve Bannon, the former White House 
> chief strategist with whom he?clashed over policy, Mr Cohn replied, ?No, 
> my decisions are my own decisions.
> 
> ?I have to do what is best for me and my family. I have had numerous 
> private conversations with the president on this topic [and] I have not 
> been bashful saying what I think.?
> 
> Mr Cohn said officials who had been upset by Mr Trump?s remarks ? who 
> reportedly included Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser and a 
> former Goldman executive ? had each taken their own decisions about how 
> to respond. ?This is a personal issue for each of us. We are all 
> grappling with it. This takes time to grapple with.?
> 
> Mr Cohn was not the only official to face pressure. Mr Mnuchin, who is 
> also a Jewish American, faced calls to resign from his Yale University 
> classmates, who issued a public letter. But while he condemned racism, 
> he vigorously defended the president.
> 
> ?I feel compelled to let you know that the president in no way, shape or 
> form, believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence 
> are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways,? 
> Mr Mnuchin said last week.
> 
> 
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