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

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Fri Mar 25 2005 - 11:02:08 EST

Toward the conclusion of this piece, we can read:

  "The traditional idea of revolution tells us contain our impatience, to 
subordinate our impatience to the patient construction of the party. But we 
do not want to fall into that, for it kills the movement by boredom. We too 
have two temporalities: the temporality of the impatient ˇYa basta!, 
revolution here and now! and the temporality of the patient construction of 
another world. But in the traditional concept impatience is subordinated to 
patience, and in our concept it should surely be the other way around: 
patience is there to give force to the impatience of refusal, not to 
subordinate it. The wisdom of experience is there not to restrain the rage 
of youth, but to give it strength."

John Holloway's position here is identical to that to the Revolutionary 
Communist Party U.S.A., whether he would welcome that connection or not.


RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY,  Paul Zarembka, editor, Elsevier Science

--On Friday, March 25, 2005 9:17 AM -0500 glevy@PRATT.EDU wrote:

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> John Holloway, "The Two Temporalities of Counter-Power and Anti-Power" |
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> The Two Temporalities of Counter-Power and Anti-Power
> John Holloway
>  1.
>  Time is central to any consideration of power and counter power or
> anti-power. The traditional left is centred on waiting, on patience. The
> social democratic parties tell us ?Wait until the next election, then we
> will come to power and things will be different? The Leninist parties say
> ?wait for the revolution, then we?ll take power and life will begin?. But
> we cannot wait. Capitalism is destroying the world and we cannot be
> patient. We cannot wait for the next long wave or the next revolutionary
> opportunity. We cannot wait until the time is right. We must revolt now,
> we must live now. This story continues at:
> <>

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