[Marxism] Syria: Assad threatens Idlib while Afrin resists Turkish occupation (Green Left Weekly)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 13 20:42:05 MDT 2018


On 9/13/18 10:32 PM, Nick Fredman via Marxism wrote:
> The Revolution in Rojava book including its account of the uprising is
> based on over 150 interviews within Rojava. The account of the uprising is
> also based on reports from a Vice News team which reported from Rojava a
> week after the uprising. The accounts of a deal with Assad all seem to come
> from keyboard warriors in the US and Europe with no direct evidence of any
> deals. You can disagree with the analysis of the authors or the positions
> of the Apoist movement, fine, but smart-arse sneers about Bookhin don’t
> really justify continued casual slanders made with little to no evidence of
> fellow socialists over being handed Rojava for free, deals with Assad,
> being armed by Assad, “ethnic cleansing” and the rest.

You don't seem to get it. Bookchin has a completely different 
understanding of socialism than Marxists. In fact, he is openly hostile 
to Marxism as this online book indicates:

Listen, Marxist! 
(https://www.marxists.org/archive/bookchin/1969/listen-marxist.htm)

The worker becomes a revolutionary not by becoming more of a worker but 
by undoing his "workerness." And in this he is not alone; the same 
applies to the farmer, the student, the clerk, the soldier, the 
bureaucrat, the professional—and the Marxist. The worker is no less a 
"bourgeois" than the farmer, student, clerk, soldier, bureaucrat, 
professional—and Marxist. His "workerness" is the disease he is 
suffering from, the social affliction telescoped to individual 
dimensions. Lenin understood this in What Is to Be Done? but he smuggled 
in the old hierarchy under a red flag and some revolutionary verbiage.

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In the midst of a cataclysmic confrontation between the Syrian poor and 
a brutal family dynasty, the PYD chose to cut a deal with the regime to 
allow its utopian experiment to proceed.

Long before the Syrian revolution began, I took apart Bookchin's 
anti-Marxist ideology:

Bookchin's "libertarian municipalism" is offered as an alternative to 
the Marxist vision of a transformation of society led by the 
working-class. "Social ecology would embody its ethics in a politics of 
confederal municipalism, in which municipalities cojointly gain rights 
to self-governance through networks of confederal councils, to which 
towns and cities would send their mandated, recallable by delegates to 
adjust differences."

Okay, let's see if we can get this right. Capitalism will be replaced by 
a more humane system through the incremental replacement of capitalist 
chunks of real estate by new egalitarian units. Today we have liberated 
Putney, Vermont and Madison, Wisconsin. Next week we have a shot at 
taking over Dallas, Texas. When all the towns and cities have been 
become liberated zones, we then celebrate our victory by eating dishes 
of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

full: http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/economics/neo_utopian.htm

So what in hell's name is going on with you people? Don't you realize 
that you are morphing into an anarchist current? Why not go whole hog 
and find some Bakuninites to fuse with in Australia?



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