- Capitalism and Alternatives -


Posted by: Winslow Wacker ( USA ) on August 02, 1999 at 12:08:37:

In Reply to: An elite intellectual response posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on July 26, 1999 at 17:39:21:

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

At the risk of being branded a "corporatist newspeaker" again by some of the more vain socialists here (not you good sir), some of us are resisting the ageless rhetoric of unity and delegation and are forming small affinity groups in order to avoid becoming the target of already laid down assault paths: e.g., parties with their mass demonstrations, unions with their phoney strikes, etc. In this way our self-activity doesn't have the chance of being abducted by leaders (or targeted by cops) and we can fight capitalism on our own terms: e.g., keeping the supervisors in check via intimidation, slow-downs, sabotage, never ratting on a co-worker, wildcat strikes, threats, refusing to compete with co-workers etc.

: : 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?

No leaders means no chickens - just workers' self-activity.

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