[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Trump, Barr and Julius Caesar
1999wildcat at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 20:18:00 MST 2020
In the first place, it's not really all that critical whether Trump and
Barr planned it out before hand. The basic dynamics remain the same.
As far as organize to do what: I've spelled that out many times in many of
the articles of Oaklandsocialist. I don't think it's necessary to do so
every single time.
On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 6:28 PM MM <marxmail00 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Feb 14, 2020, at 8:21 PM, John Reimann via Marxism <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> When I first heard about it, I had thought that the whole dance between
> Trump and Barr was carefully choreographed. But then, reading further and
> realizing that such a scheme would be too subtle for Trump's lizard brain,
> I changed my view.
> There’s no doubt that what’s happening is complex, but this line from
> John’s linked piece is hard to take seriously:
> "Trump’s lizard brain must have started to get the feeling that he was
> moving towards a situation similar to that of Julius Caesar in
> Shakespeare’s play of that name.”
> So Trump’s “lizard brain” can’t handle the kind of political machination
> that would be involved in a corrupt conspiracy with Barr, but he’s somehow
> motivated by an instinctive familiarity with the dilemma faced by
> Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar? I’m not sure John has really thought this line
> of reasoning through very carefully. I think there’s a fundamental
> misjudgment here about what Trump is and is not good at; I think it should
> be considered beyond question that he’s pretty good at orchestrating
> criminal conspiracy. Still, I confess I’d love to see an interviewer ask
> him for his take on the play.
> But there’s also this:
> “Meanwhile, socialists and real working class fighters should
> be explaining and agitating for working class independence and
> for organizing out in the streets to fight this onslaught of
> capitalism driven mad in the person of Trump… and whoever follows him.”
> Organizing them to do what? And how do you plan to pay for it?
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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