Re: [OPE-L] John H on capitalist and anti-capitalist conceptions of time

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Tue Mar 29 2005 - 08:44:07 EST

1. OK, Jerry, and perhaps John, we agree that not all rage within the
working class has progressive impacts for workers.  Perhaps we can also
agree that misdirected rage can have reactionary implications, perhaps
even strong implications (e.g., attack on Frick's person).

2. Then "who" decides when it is progressive and when not (pace third
thesis on Feuerbach)?  (To take an example, who decides which portion of
Malcolm X's practices in life were progressive -- even he disowned parts
of his past?  To take another, is voting progressive; if so, is voting for
Nader or Kerry both reactionary, both progressive, or one-one, etc.?  Or
does "anything go", the workers themselves "decide" -- but the workers
are split, some voting for Bush in their rage?)  "Who" decides?

3. If we can past that, then what mechanism is going to be suggested to
implement the judgement?

Again, it's not so simple.

Paul Z.

Vol.21-Neoliberalism in Crisis, Accumulation, and Rosa Luxemburg's Legacy
RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY, Zarembka/Soederberg, eds, Elsevier Science

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