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An elite intellectual response

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on July 26, 1999 at 17:39:21:

In Reply to: Don't get me wrong Jimmy posted by Winslow Wacker on July 22, 1999 at 16:08:29:

: : I'll explode this myth here and now, socialists and anarchists etc. are of the opinion that the oppressed deserve the support and defence of everyone of goodwill, fundamentally we're against eliteism. The issue of class isnt irrelevent but people who play it up, as I suspect you are, are stuck in a time warp.

: If you are against elitism, as you say, then why did you accuse me of a "lack of schooling" a while back? That smacked of elitism. How do I "play up" the issue of class? My point was that intellectual workers should learn to listen to non-intellectual workers - we might not be able to quote Habermas, but a lot of us don't like capitalism either.

SDF: So I'm listening. What are you all doing about capitalism?

: Also, how are we to determine who really has "goodwill"? After all, even Lenin pretended to be an anarcho-syndicalist before the Bolshevik coup (check out "State and Revolution"). I think representation and delegation set us up for defeat.

SDF: Perhaps, but I still don't see that it's anything about representation or delegation PER SE that's the problem. Isn't the problem really that the representatives and delegates chicken out, when it comes time to do the right thing?

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