Return to the Political
"Refusal of politics, power from below, making revolution without taking power- rather than being stages of a journey, partial truths which should not be renounced, these risk becoming elements of a fossilized subculture, a repetitive rhetoric that prevents self-reflection or an exacting definition of priorities."
Lucio Magri The Tailor of Ulm NLR 51
Maybe this pressing desire for "an exacting definition of priorities" is a product of me (and Lucio) getting old fast but I grow weary of "Social Forums" and "movement of movements" and especially all this focus on sociopaths or evil.I am itching for a "program extending social ownership to all sectors of the economy, ending the distribution of profits to shareholders, and replacing the system of selling labor for wages with collective decision-making about the distribution of an organizations income." Worrying about whether George Bush has any empathy etc is exactly such an element of a "fossilized subculture", in my humble opinion. We need to focus on systems and structures, that is, questions surrounding a vibrant radical analysis for our time. Leave psychoanalysis of the Bush's to liberals. I'll pose some of those questions in the next post.
NY Times is now promoting socialism in it's Sunday article (propaganda piece). Finding "remarkable change " and an "important milestone for stability in Iraq" we meet Mr. Maliki "who is increasingly seen as a true national leader". Your shirts will be whiter and your teeth brighter! They could sell flip flops to eskimos! But the best part is this tidbit: "One young man said that even though his house was right across from a distribution center, he was not allowed to buy it there at STATE PRICES, but instead was forced to wait for a militia-affiliated distributor who sold it at a higher price."
WTF, what happened to the free market and the Amerian way of life? Our soldiers are dying for a system of "State prices"? I live next to a distribution center and I have to wait for a corporate-affiliated distributor!(who is probably a militia member!) who jacks up the price so he can buy a new Hummer. Where are my "state prices"?
"Because this is a convulsion brought by 'Anglo-Saxon' finance driven capitalism, it will have a character of it's own. Japan did not have hollowed out industries, a negative savings rate,or an infestation of untested,unpriceable structured finance."
Robin Blackburn on why the subprime crisis could be deeper than most care to admit. All these calls for regulation remind me that capitalism thrives on instability and the illusion of "reform". As the Harpeth Institute for Social Policy puts it ,"We will win battles but lose the war as long as we believe that reform of this economic system is possible. Fighting for reform is absolutely necessary but it must lead to the socialization of wealth and production for human needs." How then do we make "reform" the beginning stage of a broader agenda? What language do we use with workers and liberals?