File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/marxism-international.9710, message 463


Subject: Re: M-I: Re: Feeding the poor
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 20:55:43 -0400 (EDT)


> 
> The poor in America, whatever their individual origins, cannot hope to
> improve their condition through the offices of state intervention, without
> compromising the political integrity of other oppressed groups.  To suggest
> this in the context in which my original post first appeared is hardly the
> sign of an emerging "neocon"
> 
> Louis Godena.
> 
> 

Please! add all the fine sounding words you want, but you wrote the poor
possess an "innate defect." Quite apart from whatever intellectual error
this sort of naturalizing of the social entails (as with your thoughts
about the "innateness" of the nation, it is a slippery slope indeed! and
where's your evidence? have you been performing genetic experiments up
in Rhode Island?), it is an insult upon the people. 

I really do not understand your motives. Are you trying to be provocative?
I suggest spending some time with the poor. Then either the contradictions
between your intellectual positions and the people will be partly 
resolved, or they will become even more antagonistic, and your (innate?)
politics will reveal themselves. Or just discuss the matter with Adolfo -
you seem to respect him. I think he, following Lenin's words rather
than the actual experience of the Soviet and Chinese revolutions, is too harsh 
on the lumpen elements among the poor, but he is superb, vastly better than
I am, in rooting out error.

Paul



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