[CrashList] Raising a mass movement, was . . ."obsessed with oil"
cbcox at ilstu.edu
Sun Sep 10 15:30:57 MDT 2000
Tom Warren wrote:
> Of COURSE opposing capitalism is necessary, but your single note of
> "resistance to capital", even if it were played until it came to fruition,
> is but a single element of a far larger issue. There is no one right
> approach, and focusing solely on a small piece of ideology to the exclusion
> of other approaches and other visions is not just foolish, it is insane.
A couple preliminary points. (1) Does each post in a maillist have to cover the
universe, or is a "single note" per post perhaps acceptable? (2) *Are* we in
agreement that (however we define the issues) the resolution of those
issues must take the form of a mass movement? (I do not specify a
*revolutionary* mass movement, though some of us may think that.)
Now, unless the answer is "Yes" to the second question, I'm not sure what
we have to discuss. So I will assume that answer until informed otherwise.
Now Tom's sneering reference to "small piece of ideology" I am going to
interpret as claiming that unless we can do everything at once we can not
do anything at all. That is, that it is better to scream against the darkness
than to sit down and take thought. I shall assume, on the other hand, the
need for some analysis of reality -- the complex reality of actual social
relations under capitalism, not the simple-minded mechanical reality that so
obsesses Tom. (Note -- I don't say it is not a reality, and a deadly serious
one, but it is a mechanical one, and does not in itself suggest any course
of action.) The goal of that analysis, presumably, is to link where we
(humanity) are now, who are the forces among us who might be
mobilized into that necessary mass movement, and (since this is a
maillist, that is a realm of pure discourse) what kind of thinking needs
to be done.
I'll stop there for now.
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