[OPE-L] Louis N. Proyect's complaint about John Holloway

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu May 17 2007 - 07:34:41 EDT

Another textbook example of how _not_ to seriously engage the political
positions of others on the Left is provided by the "unrepentant"
Louis N. Proyect.  Note, especially, the photo of John H selected by the
unrepentant.  Of course, it's entirely accidental that the dog referred
to was an _Irish_ Setter.

In solidarity, Jerry

> Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 13:50:52 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3@PANIX.COM>
> Subject: [PEN-L] John Holloway's complaint

>With the resurgence of a Latin American left
>expressed mainly by elected governments
>challenging the capitalist system to one degree
>or another, there has been a corresponding
>decline of "autonomist" currents such as the
>EZLN and the more ideologically disposed
>supporters and members of the piqueteros and
>recovered factories movement in Argentina. It is
>understandably hard to get worked up over
>Subcommandante Zero's latest communiqué when
>Hugo Chavez is changing class relationships on the ground.
>Standing in the same relationship to the
>autonomist currents that Regis Debray once had
>with the rural guerrilla groups of the 1960s,
>British professor John Holloway has been forced
>to take stock of the situation in an interview
>conducted by Maria Sitrin, an Argentine autonomist.
>Holloway is the author of "How to Change the
>World Without Taking Power" that I reviewed
>here. It basically argues that "If the state
>paradigm was the vehicle of hope for much of the
>century, it became more and more the assassin of
>hope as the century progressed." It is good for
>workers to rebel in his view but not good to
>rule. Whenever I think about such arguments, I
>am reminded of how my mother's Irish Setter
>loved to chase cars up our country road but
>would always return after a few hundred feet of
>barking wildly. I thought to myself at the time
>that she wouldn't know what to do with a car if
>she actually caught one. For Holloway, the
>working class is in the same situation as my mom's Irish Setter.

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