File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/marxism-international.9710, message 314

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 10:34:13 +0200
Subject: M-I: Clinton's willing executioners?

Rakesh, replying to Carrol C, makes an interesting point about the
blindness of privilege:


>>One possibility is that most U.S. marxists
>>grew up as nice little boys and girls who believed their teachers
>>and the t.v. and can't really believe, deep in their hearts, just how
>>incredibly brutal everyday normal quiet capitalism can be, so they
>>have to tag the label "fascism" on it before they can quite admit
>>the truth of their own knowledge of u.s. barbarity.

>Of course what I think is brutal is the inability of American leftists to
>come to grips with the nature of US economic relations with the Third
>World. At present, I have to turn to Europeans such as Guglielmo Carchedi,
>Alan Freeman and Tilla Siegel to get anything like a strict value-theoretic
>analysis of imperialism, the world market, the possibly complex nature of
>US trade deficits and the method of financing that has enabled them.
>All we ever here about here is the decline of the West, the disintegration
>of imperialism, the end of the American century, the pathetic withdrawal of
>the US from world domination, as if US capital wasn't still deriving any
>advantages--which of course is not to say that the core of the American
>working class derives any benefit from these relations.
>In part, I think the problem is that Americans have a tough time thinking
>Clinton could be bent on world market domination and the massive
>redistribution of value, no matter its horrific consequences, simply
>because he says he is not a racist. The liberals are quelled, thinking it
>can't be all that bad. A white man who joined the civil rights movement and
>plays jazz on the sax. His brother calls himself a black man. Oh, the
>sixties had some impact. Blah, blah, blah.
>But it's behind Clinton's anti-racist credentials that the US pursues its
>ruthless bid for world hegemony, including continued control over the Gulf
>through the proxy of Israel.


>At any rate, your snideness demonstrates absolutely no engagement with
>anything I wrote (admittedly confused).
>... perhaps you have picked the wrong person to
>suggest a congenital American inability to deal with the barbarity of this
>country on its own terms.

So what's behind this American blindness? Are Americans as congenitally
incapable of disobeying orders as the Germans? Or perhaps they just want
disobedience to be somewhere else some other time?

Interesting that the academic veneer makes Rakesh an honorary American,
while the most prominent subscriber here to insist time and again on the
brutality of everyday life in America for poor and working-class people
(Bob M) is treated as a foreign pariah by the Coxes of the list.



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