- Capitalism and Alternatives -

No war but...

Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on May 12, 1999 at 18:08:17:

In Reply to: Ye Olde Class War posted by Flint Jones on May 12, 1999 at 14:15:24:

: I see very little constructive action going on in terms of "Ye Olde Class War".

Except teh one very important feature which is defnining and defending our arguments against the commissars of capitalism- we have to have fire proof arguments against their professional ideologues, the struggle for ideas, even at an abstruse and critical level is valuable in and of itself.

: Folks who work don't have time to fuck around with Hegel, who's that?

Hmmm, some workers will- don't forget, college graduates are workers too, teachers, middle management are workers, highly educated people who may want to fuck around with Hegel, and find him valuable. Certainly the commissars of the other side try to deploy Hegel for their benefit. We can't limit our conception of the working class to teh skilled manual workers, or even unskilled, we have to include the hegemonised adiminstative class as well. Plus, I wouldn't underestimate working class autodidacts- education is a fundamental aspect of any revolutionary movement.

: If they bother to think about "Capitalism" they either equate it with feeding their families and giving them a job... or with other institutions like banks, profit, bosses that are so far removed from their control, yet still in effect of their daily lives... they don't think of alternatives.

Hmmm, many workers I know see it as their one or two shares in BT, and surpsingly many have absorbed certain models of society and teh economy- people are using theory all the time, our job is to dismantle the old theory, and build a new one.

: Revolution won't come from the debates of intellectuals who some how show working people the light of their one true way, but rather through the self-activity of the masses.

And through the debates and ideas of the masses. Hearts and minds conversion comes before any mass clear polityical movement can be formed.

: No Goverment Can Ever Give You Freedom!

Organize, Agitate, Educate!

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