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« Modern white supremacist rhetoric attempts to racialize Jewish identity, reviving Nazi-era thinking that cordons off Jewishness from whiteness. Some modern progressive rhetoric often confusingly does the opposite, taking the view that white Jews are not meaningfully different from other whites. As former View producer Daniella Greenbaum wrote for the Washington Post, Goldberg’s comments reflect “an ideology that tries to turn Jews into White people, that tries to erase Jewish vulnerability and oppression, [and] to squeeze Jews who have light skin into modern American categories of race and ethnicity.”

 

 

Can Whoopi Goldberg’s public history lesson actually do some good?

Goldberg’s comments reflect a growing national ignorance about the Holocaust. What happened next could be a model for how we move forward.

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Whoopie Goldberg is seen on December 8, 2021, in New York City. Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images

ABC has given Whoopi Goldberg a two-week suspension from her role as co-host of The View after she made controversial statements about the Holocaust. The move follows several days of backlash and apologies by Goldberg, and has sparked a debate about Goldberg’s career, cancel culture, and whether white supremacist rhetoric has crept into too much mainstream conversation.

Goldberg made the remarks during a January 31 episode discussing recent school book bannings, including the banning of Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, by a Tennessee school board. During the conversation, Goldberg stated that the Holocaust “is not about race ... it’s about man’s inhumanity to man ... these are two white groups of people,” apparently referring to Nazis and Jewish people.

The remarks drew immediate criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, the Holocaust Museum, and other Jewish advocacy groups, and reportedly raised concern among the upper echelons of Disney executives.

Goldberg apologized for the incident on Twitter on Monday after the episode aired, quoting ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt’s statement that “the Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.”

“I stand corrected,” Goldberg wrote.

This is not the first time Goldberg has, in her capacity as a daily talk show host, made controversial comments she later apologized for. This time, she waded into a conversation about race and Jewishness that both intersects with a complicated ongoing discussion among American Jews and has one distressingly simple answer — that is to say, yes, the Holocaust was very much about race. The ensuing fallout from Goldberg’s comments has a lot to say about what we understand about what it means to be Jewish in America, as well as just how and when we’re willing to let people learn and repent.

The incident might have blown over quickly had it been a simple case of troubling misstep and apology. However, on Monday night, Goldberg appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in an interview she’d taped earlier that day — before her apology —discussing the anger over that morning’s episode. “I feel, being Black, when we talk about race, it’s a very different thing to me,” she told Colbert, elaborating that to her, racism is about skin color, and that Jewish persecution in World War II was different because “you couldn’t tell who was Jewish.”

She added, “I understand that not everybody sees it that way, and that I did a lot of harm ... This was my thought process, and I will work hard not to think that way again.” Still, once the Colbert episode aired, Goldberg’s comments were generally seen as doubling down on her original viewpoint. And so on Tuesday’s View episode, Goldberg apologized againclarifying that she “misspoke” and that “it is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race.” The View hosts also interviewed Greenblatt, who further explained the white supremacist ideology of Nazi Germany, and placed the long persecution of the Jewish people within the context of their being considered “a subhuman race.”

“There’s no question that the Holocaust was about race,” Greenblatt told her. “That’s how the Nazis saw it as they perpetrated the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people.”

He also noted that Maus, the banned graphic novel that prompted the discussion, opens with an anti-Semitic quote from Hitler claiming, “The Jews are undoubtedly a race — but they are not human.” In Maus, Nazis are depicted as cats, while the Jewish people are depicted as mice to further show the divide between the groups, and reflect the perception of the Nazis that Jewish people were no better than vermin.

Goldberg’s Tuesday apology wasn’t enough to forestall consequences: ABC News president Kim Godwin announced her suspension later that day. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” she said in a statement released Tuesday night. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.” The View briefly addressed the suspension on Wednesday’s broadcast, noting Goldberg would return in two weeks, before moving swiftly along.

Many viewers felt that Goldberg’s remarks were indicative of a growing cultural ignorance of the Holocaust. This comes in part because of the passage of time and cultural memory loss, but also in part due to the blatant manipulation of World War II history by the modern white supremacist movement and other bad actors who practice Holocaust revisionism and denial.

Goldberg has previously said she identifies as both Black and Jewish and claims “Goldberg” as an unspecified family heritage name, though she does not practice any religion. It’s a safe assumption she’s probably not allied with white supremacist rhetoric. But the fact that so many people are confused about whether Jewish identity is a question of religion, ethnicity, race, or something else altogether speaks to the way that anti-Semitic propaganda has historically manipulated outsider views of Jewishness.

Jewish identity is complex, including elements of both religious practice and ethno-cultural belonging. But anti-Semites offer a simpler understanding, defining Jews and Jewishness by relying on false narratives, negative stereotypes, and conspiracy theories. In the first century, for example, Christians popularized the anti-Semitic characterization of Jewish people as persecutors of Christ and his followers.

In the 14th century, Jewish citizens across Europe were falsely accused of well poisoning in the spread of the Black Death and were massacred by the thousands. In the early 20th century, the Nazis flooded Germany with anti-Semitic propaganda, blaming Jewish people for everything from shady business deals to spreading “cultural Bolshevism” through their art, culture, and media. In other words, bigoted and false definitions of what it means to be Jewish have been imposed upon Jewish people in different ways at different times — based primarily on the ideology and utility for the oppressor.

Race is a social construct, at least to some extent, and trying to square a modern American understanding of race with a 1930s Nazi conception isn’t always the easiest task. Nonetheless, the debate over the relationship between Judaism and race has not gone away.

Modern white supremacist rhetoric attempts to racialize Jewish identity, reviving Nazi-era thinking that cordons off Jewishness from whiteness. Some modern progressive rhetoric often confusingly does the opposite, taking the view that white Jews are not meaningfully different from other whites. As former View producer Daniella Greenbaum wrote for the Washington Post, Goldberg’s comments reflect “an ideology that tries to turn Jews into White people, that tries to erase Jewish vulnerability and oppression, [and] to squeeze Jews who have light skin into modern American categories of race and ethnicity.”

This might explain why much of the criticism of Goldberg has come mainly from conservative pundits who see Goldberg’s fumbling description of Jewishness as liberalism gone wild. The Federalist even described Goldberg’s misstep as “what happens when intersectionality rots people’s brains.”

But while conservative pundits like Piers Morgan and Ben Shapiro were quick to criticize Goldberg’s comments, many other conservatives and View fans are defending her after her suspension. Goldberg’s ability to extricate herself from these types of tricky situations may be a reflection of her cultural status. She’s able to do the rarest of things in this age of polarity: Mess up, apologize, and move on. After all, she’s done it before.

In 2007, she defended convicted felon and former quarterback Michael Vick after Vick pleaded guilty to running a dogfighting ring, arguing that the practice was “part of his cultural upbringing.” In 2009, she said on The View that director Roman Polanski, who was convicted in 1979 of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, had not committed “‘rape’ rape,” with scare quotes implied.

Goldberg came under fire again in 2014, this time for defending now-disgraced comedian Bill Cosby against serial rape allegations and challenging why victims didn’t report the assaults to police. “If you are the mother of a son, you want to keep innocent until proven guilty,” she stated again on The View in 2015 regarding Cosby. In her eventual concession that she was wrong, she invited an expert, ABC news correspondent Dan Abrams, to speak with her about her misassumptions. Ultimately, she concluded, “It looks bad, Bill.”

Goldberg’s ability to survive these scandals might be due in part to timing. After all, it was probably easier to survive a Polanski-related backlash in 2009, when more people in Hollywood supported Polanski, just as in 2014 and 2015, when less information was public about Cosby’s rape allegations.

Still, a two-week suspension is hardly a serious consequence, which says something, perhaps, about Goldberg’s capacity to make an about-face. One reason for Goldberg’s popularity is her ability to relate to her critics and admit when she’s wrong. If she can be a relatable on-air presence who, yes, makes mistakes and says divisive things, but then learns to listen to her critics and avoid repeating past mistakes, that may be what many viewers want — as opposed to the scenario in which she gets booted off The View and out of mainstream media forever.

Of course, that all depends on Goldberg actually learning and correcting her past mistakes. Neither she nor The View’s producers have shied away from controversial subjects — but neither are they experts on many of the complex subjects they cover. Given that unwieldy combination, plus the omnipresent unpredictability of live broadcasting, how long Goldberg can go without creating another dust-up is anyone’s guess.

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Alternative Palestinian Revolutionary Path Movement: المسار الطلابي: ماضون في عقد المؤتمر الوطني لطلبة فلسطين أكتوبر 2022

abraham Weizfeld PhD
 

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Student Path: Continuing to hold the National Conference of Palestine Students October 2022

Ammar Rushdan, a member of the follow-up committee of the Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement, said that efforts to organize the National Conference of Palestine Students at the end of October 2022 were officially launched after the first meeting, which was attended by students, trade unionists and activists from occupied Palestine, America, Canada, Europe, the Arab world and Brazil last Sunday, January 30.

Rushdan said the first student meeting was aimed at "providing an intensive and brief intervention on the militant and historical role of the student movement in the stations of the national liberation struggle, and to say that we do not start from scratch, but lean on our people's long struggle and historical experience, as well as to present the palestinian student path's vision of the reality of the student movement and work for the unity of our movement and overcome the current challenges."

"The goal of the Palestinian student track behind this effort is to fulfill our national and trade union duty towards organizing the National Conference of Palestinian Students to ensure its success and achieve its objectives, and to be an inclusive national conference that pleases our people and angers our enemy," Rushdan said. It is a milestone in our journey and our liberation struggle." "We will not impose on participants our political and trade union program, neither before the conference, in the conference nor after the conference, and at the same time extend our hands to all student efforts from different national orientations and currents until we unite our efforts and ensure that they serve our people, protect their rights and rewards, and face the liquidation project," Rushdan said.

"As is well known, the last Conference of Palestinian Students was held in 1990 in Baghdad 32 years ago," Rushdan said. Over the past three decades, the General Union of Palestine Students foundation has faded and Palestinian students, especially in the diaspora, have become without their popular organizations or any Palestinian student and trade union body that unites them." "Our goal is to mobilize the Palestinian student movement, not anything else," Rushdan said.

Rushdan pointed out the importance of communicating with our people throughout Palestine and the role of the diaspora and its duty to "support the student movement fighting in the occupied territory and confront the Zionist movement and its student arms everywhere, for the unity of will and the program with our understanding of the reality and specificity of each Palestinian group and its local priorities". "It is time to leave the policies of quotas, quotas and class that our people abhor, whether in palestinian student and trade union work or at the general level, and return one people with one issue, a common goal and one destiny," Rushdan said.

On the insistence of the Palestinian student track on holding the conference in October 2022 and whether this is possible, Rashdan said, "Today we stand at a crossroads, either we continue the policy of suicide and waiting under the slogan of rebuilding the PLO, including the General Union of Students of Palestine, or we start collective action and take our responsibility to mobilize the Palestinian student movement as an integral part of the liberation movement of the Palestinian people and not separated from it," he said. In October, we won't wait for anyone."

 

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Palestinian student path: We are committed to holding the National Conference for Palestinian Students in October 2022

Ammar Rashdan, a member of the Follow-up Committee of the Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement (Masar Badil), said that efforts to organize the National Conference for Palestinian Students at the end of October 2022 were officially launched after the first meeting of the Alternative Student Path, which was attended by students, union members and activists from occupied Palestine, the United States, Canada, Europe, the Arab world and Brazil, last Sunday, January 30.

Rashdan considered that the first student meeting was aimed at “presenting an intensive, brief intervention on the struggle and historical role of the student movement in the milestones of the Palestinian national liberation struggle, and to say that we do not start our work from scratch, but rather rely on our people’s long and historical experience of struggle. We also aimed to present the vision of the Palestinian alternative student path about the current-day reality facing the student movement, working for the unity of our movement and overcoming the current challenges.”

Rashdan affirmed that “the goal of the Palestinian alternative student path in this effort is to carry out our national and organizational duty towards organizing the National Conference for Palestinian Students to ensure its success and achieve its goals, so that it becomes a comprehensive national conference that inspires our people and enrages our enemy. And to make it a meaningful occasion for our liberation struggle.” Rashdan said, “We will not impose on the participants our political and organizational program, neither before the conference nor in the conference or after it. At the same time, we extend our hands to all student organizations and initiatives from various Palestinian political trends and currents in order to unify our efforts and ensure that these efforts serve our people, protect their rights and principles, and confront the liquidation project targeting our cause.”.

Rashdan added, “As is well known, the last conference for Palestinian students was held in 1990 in Baghdad, 32 years ago. During the past three decades, the institution of the “General Union of Palestine Students” was dismantled and the students of Palestine, especially in the diaspora, were deprived of their popular organizations or any Palestinian student organizational body to unite them. Rashdan says, “Our goal is to awaken the Palestinian student movement.”

Rashdan pointed to the importance of communicating with our people throughout Palestine and the role and duty of the diaspora in “supporting the student movement in our occupied homeland, Palestine, and confronting the Zionist movement and its student entities everywhere, seeking unity of effort and program, with our understanding of the realities and uniqueness of each Palestinian community and its local priorities.” Rashdan says, “It is time for us to leave the policies of quotas and factionalism that our people abhor, whether in the Palestinian student and organizational work or at the broader general level, and to organize as one people with one cause, one goal and one destiny.”

Regarding the Palestinian alternative student path’s commitment to holding the conference in October 2022, and whether that was possible, Rashdan said, “Today we stand at a crossroads. Either we continue the moribund policy of delay and postponement under the slogan of rebuilding the Palestine Liberation Organization and the General Union of Palestine Students, or we launch our collective work and bear our responsibilities to awaken the Palestinian student movement as an integral part of the liberation movement of the Palestinian people and not separate from it. We are going to hold our conference in October and we will not wait for anyone.”

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المسار الطلابي: ماضون في عقد المؤتمر الوطني لطلبة فلسطين أكتوبر 2022

قال عمّار رشدان عضو لجنة المتابعة في حركة المسار الثوري البديل أن الجهود من أجل تنظيم المؤتمر الوطني لطلبة فلسطين نهاية اكتوبر 2022 انطلقت رسمياً بعد اللقاء الأول الذي حضره طلبة ونقابيون ونشطاء من فلسطين المحتلة وأمريكا وكندا وأوروبا والوطن العربي والبرازيل الأحد الماضي 30 يناير كانون الثاني.

واعتبر رشدان أن اللقاء الطلابي الأول كان هدفه “تقديم مداخلة مكثفة ومختصرة حول الدور النضالي والتاريخي للحركة الطلابية في محطات النضال الوطني التحرري، وللقول أننا لا نبدأ من الصفر بل نتّكأ على تجربة شعبنا الكفاحية والتاريخية الطويلة، وكذلك أردنا تقديم رؤية المسار الطلابي الفلسطيني لواقع الحركة الطلابية والعمل من أجل وحدة حركتنا وتجاوز التحديات الراهنة”.

وأكّد رشدان على أن “هدف المسار الطلابي الفلسطيني من وراء هذا الجهد هو القيام بواجبنا الوطني والنقابي تجاه تنظيم المؤتمر الوطني لطلبة فلسطين لضمان نجاحه وتحقيق أهدافه، وحتى يكون مؤتمراً وطنياً جامعاً يَسرُّ شعبنا ويغيظ عدونا. ويكون علامةً نضاليةً فارقة في مسيرتنا ونضالنا التحرري”. وقال رشدان “نحن لن نفرض على المشاركين والمشاركات برنامجنا السياسي والنقابي، لا قبل المؤتمر ولا في المؤتمر ولا بعده، وفي نفس الوقت نمُدّ أيدينا لكل الجهود الطلابية من مختلف التوجهات والتيارات الوطنية حتى نوحد جهودنا ونضمن أنها تصب في خدمة شعبنا وحماية حقوقه وثوابته ومواجهة مشروع التصفية”.

وأضاف رشدان “كما هو معلوم، آخر مؤتمر للطلبة الفلسطينيين عُقد سنة 1990 في بغداد قبل 32 سنة. وخلال العقود الثلاثة الماضية تلاشت مؤسَّسَة “الإتحاد العام لطلبة فلسطين” وأصبح طلبةُ فلسطين، خاصةً في الشتات، بدون منظماتهم الشعبية أو أي جسم طلابي ونقابي فلسطيني يوحدهم”. مع ذلك يقول رشدان “هدفنا استنهاض الحركة الطلابية الفلسطينية وليس أي شيء آخر”

وأشار رشدان إلى أهمية التواصل مع شعبنا في عموم فلسطين ودور الشتات وواجبه في “إسناد الحركة الطلابية المناضلة في الأرض المحتلة ومجابهة الحركة الصهيونية وأذرعها الطلابية في كل مكان، وذلك من أجل وحدة الإرادة والبرنامج مع فهمنا لواقع وخصوصية كل تجمع فلسطيني وأولوياته المحلية”. ويقول رشدان “آن الآوان أن نترك سياسات المحاصصة والكوتا والفئوية التي يمقتها شعبنا سواءً في العمل الطلابي والنقابي الفلسطيني أو على المستوى العام، وأن نعود شعباً واحداً له قضية واحدة وهدف مشترك ومصير واحد”

وحول إصرار المسار الطلابي الفلسطيني على عقد المؤتمر في اكتوبر 2022 وفيما إذا كان ذلك ممكناً قال رشدان “نحن اليوم نقف على مفترق طرق، فإما نواصل سياسة الإنتحار والإنتظار تحت شعار إعادة بناء منظّمة التحرير وضمنها الإتحاد العام لطلبة فلسطين، أو أن نبدأ العمل الجماعي ونتحمل مسؤوليتنا من أجل استنهاض الحركة الطلابية الفلسطينية باعتبارها جزءٌ لا يتجزّأ من الحركة التحررية للشعب الفلسطيني وليست مفصولة عنها” مؤكداً بالقول “نحن ماضون في عقد مؤتمرنا في أكتوبر ولن ننتظر أحد”

 

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Palestinian student path: We are committed to holding the National Conference for Palestinian Students in October 2022

Ammar Rashdan, a member of the Follow-up Committee of the Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement (Masar Badil), said that efforts to organize the National Conference for Palestinian Students at the end of October 2022 were officially launched after the first meeting of the Alternative Student Path, which was attended by students, union members and activists from occupied Palestine, the United States, Canada, Europe, the Arab world and Brazil, last Sunday, January 30.

Rashdan considered that the first student meeting was aimed at “presenting an intensive, brief intervention on the struggle and historical role of the student movement in the milestones of the Palestinian national liberation struggle, and to say that we do not start our work from scratch, but rather rely on our people’s long and historical experience of struggle. We also aimed to present the vision of the Palestinian alternative student path about the current-day reality facing the student movement, working for the unity of our movement and overcoming the current challenges.”

Rashdan affirmed that “the goal of the Palestinian alternative student path in this effort is to carry out our national and organizational duty towards organizing the National Conference for Palestinian Students to ensure its success and achieve its goals, so that it becomes a comprehensive national conference that inspires our people and enrages our enemy. And to make it a meaningful occasion for our liberation struggle.” Rashdan said, “We will not impose on the participants our political and organizational program, neither before the conference nor in the conference or after it. At the same time, we extend our hands to all student organizations and initiatives from various Palestinian political trends and currents in order to unify our efforts and ensure that these efforts serve our people, protect their rights and principles, and confront the liquidation project targeting our cause.”.

Rashdan added, “As is well known, the last conference for Palestinian students was held in 1990 in Baghdad, 32 years ago. During the past three decades, the institution of the “General Union of Palestine Students” was dismantled and the students of Palestine, especially in the diaspora, were deprived of their popular organizations or any Palestinian student organizational body to unite them. Rashdan says, “Our goal is to awaken the Palestinian student movement.”

Rashdan pointed to the importance of communicating with our people throughout Palestine and the role and duty of the diaspora in “supporting the student movement in our occupied homeland, Palestine, and confronting the Zionist movement and its student entities everywhere, seeking unity of effort and program, with our understanding of the realities and uniqueness of each Palestinian community and its local priorities.” Rashdan says, “It is time for us to leave the policies of quotas and factionalism that our people abhor, whether in the Palestinian student and organizational work or at the broader general level, and to organize as one people with one cause, one goal and one destiny.”

Regarding the Palestinian alternative student path’s commitment to holding the conference in October 2022, and whether that was possible, Rashdan said, “Today we stand at a crossroads. Either we continue the moribund policy of delay and postponement under the slogan of rebuilding the Palestine Liberation Organization and the General Union of Palestine Students, or we launch our collective work and bear our responsibilities to awaken the Palestinian student movement as an integral part of the liberation movement of the Palestinian people and not separate from it. We are going to hold our conference in October and we will not wait for anyone.”

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Re: Marxism Contra Justice

Stephen Broeck <ideology@...>
 

Ross was on Bungacast recently to talk about this article. Very interesting!


Re: Marxism Contra Justice

Tom Walker
 

An interesting discussion, which curiously omits mention of William Godwin's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. although it does mention, in passing, [Mary] Wollstonecraft. Book VII, "Of Property" had a profound, albeit indirect, influence on Marx's critique of political economy.

Godwin's argument reached Marx indirectly through two channels. The first was Engels's "Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy" from 1843, which was deeply influenced by the "Owenite" pamphlet and journal literature whose analysis owed a great deal to Godwin. More importantly, the 1821 pamphlet, The Source and Remedy of the National Difficulties, was a formative source for Marx's analysis of surplus value in the Grundrisse, as Engels would later contend in the preface to Volume II of Capital. The author of the anonymously published pamphlet was Charles Wentworth Dilke, who was a devoted follower of Godwin.

The passage from Dilke's pamplet that had a profound effect on Marx maintained that wealth was disposable time and nothing more, which was a paraphrase of Godwin's argument that real wealth is leisure. In the Grundrisse, Marx tweaked Dilke's/Godwin's sentiment into the astonishing formulation that "[t]he whole development of wealth rests on the creation of disposable time." The whole development of Marx's critique of political economy rests on that assertion -- surplus value, socially necessary labour time, relative surplus value, relative surplus population, the disposable industrial reserve army... 

I talked about the development of Marx's categories from the assertion that the creation of wealth depends on creation disposable time in my Historical Materialism presentation, Disposable time, surplus population and the limitation of the hours of labour, back in November.

For more on the influence of The Source and Remedy of the National Difficulties on Marx's analysis and on Godwin's influence on Dilke, see my Contributions to Political Economy article "The Ambivalence of Disposable Time: The Source and Remedy of the National Difficulties At Two Hundred."

I have a more detailed analysis of Marx derivation of "socially necessary labour time" from disposable time that awaits my becoming convinced there is any interest whatsoever in such an arcane argument.

Cheers,

Tom Walker (Sandwichman)


The Future of Work

John A Imani
 

Sent on by Mauricio of the RAC-LA/MAALA (See below).

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This is how Marx framed it:

"In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly – only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!'"  https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/ch01.htm

(JAI:  Until health issues forced my retirement from activities, I worked 9 years in a group with comrade/companer@s from its founding in 2007 as the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (the RAC-LA).  Its existence became a duty and an obligation following the Police Riot in MacArthur Park on May Day 2007 by the cops, there and then, so as to intimidate and wreak havoc upon a march composed mainly of migrants--seeking only human rights and work--and their 'citizened' brothers and sisters in support, motivated and allied with them by a single thought, 'Sin Fronteras' .  The LAPD used helicopters, mace, Tasers,.batons and so-called 'less-than-lethal weapons' (essentially shotguns firing a single large hard rubber projectile) upon a peaceful march.

(Out of that came a coming together and meetings of radicals, socialists, communists and anarchists and of people just plain pissed off because of the mass martial force inflicted upon the marchers.  The cadre branded itself as the FTPN (F*ck The Police Network).who met, discussed, studied and then discussed again, this time with thoughts of a plan of action to support the undocumented, the poor and the homeless. 

(Following the "Serve the People" mantra of the Black Panther Party, a Food Program was proposed with the distribution to take place exactly in MacArthur Park.   Needless to say, the pigs harassed us.  But we stood them down with the forthright courage of the comrades/companer@s (i.e. the people from the neighborhood who came because of need, who saw what we were doing and who joined us in our work and thereby transformed not only themselves but, even more so, the organization into the RAC-LA).
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 (During my time there we passed out 70,000 parcels and, no matter what the weather) never missed a Sunday at the SE corner of Parkview and Wilshire Bl.   This work continues to this day.  Fresh, wholesome vegetables and fruits.  Free.  No obligation to pay or to work for the food.  This is how the RAC-LA went from a small band of mainly free-thinking anarchists to a community-based mutual aid action, the MAALA (see below), with a community center at the address below.  You are welcome to come.  Long live such an idea turned reality.)



MAALA
2515 W 7th St
LA, CA 90057

Accepting donations of clothing, furniture, etc.  Reply to e-address just above.
14+ years every week and more!
This is every week not just holidaze!
Mutual aid is not a crime
We all have to eat
Food is a right not a privilege
Water is a right not a privilege
Use any public space for public need
Over 14 years every week without stopping
Rain or shine nor pandemic
We need services not overseers
Imagine a city without the police
Fuck the police and politicians
A dignified life is our right
Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC-LA)
Mutual Aid Food Program

Mas de 14 años cada semana no solo dias feriados
ayuda mutua no es crimen
tod@s tenemos que comer
comida es un derecho no un privilegio
Agua es un derecho no privilegio
usemos cualquier espacio publico para la necesdiad publica
Mas de 14 años cada semana sin parar
Lluvia truenos ni pandemia nos para
necesitamos servicios no amo
una cuidad sin la policia
la migra y la policia es la misma porqueria
una Vida digna es nuestro derecho
comunidades autonomas revolucionaries Los Angeles


Re: Marxism Contra Justice

gilschaeffer82@...
 

It's funny that Marx had to use the language of justice and rights when writing for the First International, the only mass working class organization he was ever involved in. This is an example of reality contradicting Marx's theory that appeals to justice are appeals that rely on the justice of the ruling class. Wrong. Appeals to justice and rights educate the working class in the potential for a new way of thinking and living. It comes down to the content of political agitation. Lenin is the one who developed the theory of democratic consciousness and agitation to the fullest in Chapter III of What Ia to Be Done? You can't have democracy without appealing to rights. Rosa Luxemburg discovered this in 1910 when mass demonstrations and strikes broke out demanding suffrage reform and a democratic republic in Germany. Her previous theory that rights and justice were appeals to the benevolence of the ruling class was replaced by the realization that demands for democratic rights are appeals to the masses against the ruling class. A denial of the importance of democratic ethics is ideological poison. I'm with Geras against the posted articles historical metaphysic.


Re: Historical Sandinista guerrilla fighter/comandante Dora Téllez and others are found guilty in 2 hour trial, 15 years in prison and disqualification from holding public

Michael Meeropol
 

wouldn't it be fascinating to ask all the right wing creeps who love ORBAN of Hungary, etc. if they now want to SUPPORT Ortega because he is putting "the commies" in jail .....


On Fri, Feb 4, 2022 at 10:43 AM Cort Greene <cort.greene@...> wrote:
She was Minister of Health during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) and distanced herself from the FSLN in 1995 when a group of dissidents, including the writer and former Vice President Sergio Ramírez Mercado, currently in exile and retired from politics, founded the MRS .

Historical Sandinista guerrilla fighter Dora Téllez is found guilty of conspiring against Daniel Ortega




Re: AW RE: [marxmail] Overcoming Left Antisemitism

Donal Deroiste
 

Careful. When Eichmann was asked if he had any regrets he was reported to have retorted "Regrets are for children - we were serious". Racism, fascism etc. Must be halted.


On Fri 4 Feb 2022, 17:38 Avram Rips, <mltbarips@...> wrote:
Not pretending, and that is of course anti semitism what you describe and of course is shocking. Just pointing out the experience that I had.

On Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 5:20 PM abraham Weizfeld PhD <saalaha@...> wrote:

John Reimann,

               Somehow you have lost track of what is what. The Jewish Currents that you mention and condemn has a principal writer Peter Beinart who recently came out as an Anti-Zionist on behalf of Jewish Currents.

               As for Antisemitism, if you need testimony, how about my being expelled from the various parties and orgs that are based on an assimilation model. When I don’t assimilate and call for attention to the concerns that are part of my experience like Palestinian liberation I get expelled..  from the NDP in 1970, from York University faculty, from Québec solidaire, and from the Independent jewish Voice (Canada), not to mention our 5 jewish Bundist who were murdered in Phoenix, Arizona May 27th, 2019.

               For those who ‘pass’ you are just pretending that Antisemitism does not exist, otherwise why would you pretend not to be Jewish!

 

abraham Weizfeld Phd

 


Full Text of the Joint Russian Federation - PRC Statement

Richard Modiano
 

"Russia and China stand against attempts by external forces to undermine security and stability in their common adjacent regions, intend to counter interference by outside forces in the internal affairs of sovereign countries under any pretext, oppose colour revolutions, and will increase cooperation in the aforementioned areas."

https://scheerpost.com/2022/02/04/joint-russia-china-statement-articulates-united-opposition-to-western-alliance/


Re: AW RE: [marxmail] Overcoming Left Antisemitism

Andrew Stewart
 

There have been numerous Black Jewish voices that have emerged in the past 5 years that I found quite impressive and important because they called out the interpersonal racism of their European coreligionists. Not all Jews are by default European or able to take advantage of whiteness as a social phenomenon and that gets lost far too often in these discussions.
jewishcurrents.org/policing-the-borders-of-suffering


Re: AW RE: [marxmail] Overcoming Left Antisemitism

Avram Rips
 

Not pretending, and that is of course anti semitism what you describe and of course is shocking. Just pointing out the experience that I had.

On Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 5:20 PM abraham Weizfeld PhD <saalaha@...> wrote:

John Reimann,

               Somehow you have lost track of what is what. The Jewish Currents that you mention and condemn has a principal writer Peter Beinart who recently came out as an Anti-Zionist on behalf of Jewish Currents.

               As for Antisemitism, if you need testimony, how about my being expelled from the various parties and orgs that are based on an assimilation model. When I don’t assimilate and call for attention to the concerns that are part of my experience like Palestinian liberation I get expelled..  from the NDP in 1970, from York University faculty, from Québec solidaire, and from the Independent jewish Voice (Canada), not to mention our 5 jewish Bundist who were murdered in Phoenix, Arizona May 27th, 2019.

               For those who ‘pass’ you are just pretending that Antisemitism does not exist, otherwise why would you pretend not to be Jewish!

 

abraham Weizfeld Phd

 


Will Putin Invade Ukraine?

John Reimann
 

Will Putin invade Ukraine? Biden says "yes" while Putin and Zelensky say "no". They all may have their own motives for the answers they give. Other serious analysts have mixed opinions. Overall, this question also raises all sorts of other related issues - military, the future for NATO and one other, which could possibly be far more significant: Will China invade Taiwan?!!


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Re: Marxism Contra Justice

Andrew Stewart
 

Ross Wolfe ran a useful website where he uploaded high quality PDF scans of Marxist volumes. He was influenced clearly by Moishe Postone, who said that Marxism is fundamentally antisemitism, Platypus, which says that all existing radical formations are not Left (a Marxoid variant of the No True Scotsman rebuttal), and (somehow) Noel Ignatiev, who was a brilliant thinker but a terribly sectarian activist who played a major role in the implosion of SDS in the name of a truly bizarre and absurd delusion of grandeur he never overcame, that one day an army of Ignatiev-ites were going to lead the revolution on the model of the mass strike described by Rosa Luxemburg. I take Ross Wolfe with a boulder of salt.
But even if we grant acknowledgment to such a simplistic truism as the fact that the critique of political economy is not a moral argument (something made explicit by the opening pages of Capital), that does not negate the existence of thousands of pages of journalism and agitational literature written by Marx and Engels on numerous topics like the American civil war, British colonialism in India, or the inter-imperial battle between the Russians and British in Afghanistan, all of which undeniably contained a moral and political argument.
But even leaving aside those two facts, which are frankly so superficial that they can be ascertained from a Wikipedia article, it still leaves a further and simpler inquiry:
Why would Marxism offer you a license to be an asshole? Why do you need “Marxism” (or whatever perverse caricature you call Marxism) as a reason to excuse what quite obviously is your shallow, nasty, and whiny polemic against “identity politics,” which I doubt you ever have actually interrogated thoroughly?


Historical Sandinista guerrilla fighter/comandante Dora Téllez and others are found guilty in 2 hour trial, 15 years in prison and disqualification from holding public

Cort Greene
 

She was Minister of Health during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) and distanced herself from the FSLN in 1995 when a group of dissidents, including the writer and former Vice President Sergio Ramírez Mercado, currently in exile and retired from politics, founded the MRS .

Historical Sandinista guerrilla fighter Dora Téllez is found guilty of conspiring against Daniel Ortega


Historical Sandinista guerrilla fighter Dora Téllez is found guilty of conspiring against Daniel Ortega
  • Post author:The News 24
  • Post published:February 4, 2022
  • Post category:News
  • The former dissident Sandinista guerrilla Dora Maria Tellez and the student leader Lesther German They were found guilty this Thursday for the crime of conspiring to undermine national integrity, according to the Legal Defense Unit (UDJ) and the organizations to which they belong.

tellez, a historic Sandinista combatant and former fighting partner of the president Daniel Ortega, was found guilty of the crime of conspiracy by the fourth criminal district judge of Managua, Ángel Jancarlos Fernández González, the UDJ said in a message.

MIRA: Nicaragua: police arrest 5 leaders of the Sandinista dissidence, including former guerrilla Dora María Téllez

The Prosecutor’s Office requested 15 years in prison and disqualification from holding public office tellez, who presided over the former Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS), a split from the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), now called the Nicaraguan Democratic Union (Unamos).

The 66-year-old former guerrilla who has been in prison since June 13, participated on August 22, 1978 in the Sandinista commando that stormed the National Palace and took hostages the legislators related to the then president and dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle, overthrown on June 19, 1979.

She was Minister of Health during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) and distanced herself from the FSLN in 1995 when a group of dissidents, including the writer and former Vice President Sergio Ramírez Mercado, currently in exile and retired from politics, founded the MRS .

ALSO A STUDENT WHO INCREASED ORTEGA

Meanwhile, the student leader Alemán, who rebuked Ortega during the start of a failed national dialogue almost four years ago, was also found guilty of the crime of conspiracy against national integrity, according to the Nicaraguan University Alliance (AUN), to which belongs.


“Today, Lesther Alemán, leader and founder of the Nicaraguan University Alliance, was found guilty by the Ortega and Murillo dictatorship,” said that movement. “His crime: telling the dictator (Ortega) up front and firmly that May 16, 2018″, that “in a month you have disrupted the country, it took Somoza many years!” and ordered him to surrender, the AUN recalled.

The student leader, 24 years old and convicted by Judge Nadia Camila Tardencilla Rodríguez, jumped into the public arena for confronting President Ortega in a live televised broadcast, whom he asked for his surrender within the framework of anti-government demonstrations that were neutralized. by force by the government.

ALREADY ADD FIVE OPPOSITORS

The trial against Téllez and Alemán was held behind closed doors in El Chipote, a prison located in the Directorate of Judicial Assistance of the National Police, which has been denounced by the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) as an alleged “torture center” of the Nicaraguan Police.

With them, there are already five Nicaraguan opponents who have been found guilty of the crime of conspiring to undermine national integrity. The first three were the activists Yader Parajón and Yaser Mahumar Vado, and the opposition leader Ana Margarita Vigil, who are awaiting sentence.

According to the Public Ministry, which had announced that the trials would be oral and public, opponents are being tried for having violated the Political Constitution, the Law for the Defense of the People’s Rights to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Peace, the Law of sovereign security and the Penal Code of Nicaragua.

Among the accused are the seven opposition leaders who announced their intentions to run for the Presidency in the elections in which Ortega was re-elected for his fifth five-year term, fourth consecutive and second together with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president.

https://then24.com/2022/02/04/historical-sandinista-guerrilla-fighter-dora-tellez-is-found-guilty-of-conspiring-against-daniel-ortega/

Sham Trials Begin for Nicaraguan Political Prisoners


February 4, 2022 — Glad to have you back with El Faro English.

Nicaragua, in Brief: The dozens of political prisoners jailed last year to prevent the opposition from participating in the November elections began their trials this week, resulting in swift convictions behind closed doors with no due process. The government is taking other measures to stifle dissent by cancelling the legal standing of five private universities.

Express Convictions

Each political prisoner’s trial has lasted less than a day in Managua. Yader Parajón — brother of protester Jimmy Parajón, killed in May 2018 — and Yaser “Muhamar” Vado González, member of opposition party Unamos (formerly known as Sandinista Reformist Movement or MRS), were convicted Tuesday; Ana Margarita Vijil, prominent feminist leader and former Unamos president, Wednesday; Dora María Téllez, former Sandinista commander and MRS founder, and Lesther Alemán, prominent student leader, Thursday.

On top of 15 years in prison, 66-year-old Téllez is barred from ever holding public office. 

The political prisoners were accused of crimes against the sovereignty of Nicaragua, under the controversial ‘1055 Law’ passed in December 2020 to “defend the rights of the people to independence, sovereignty, and self-determination.” The law was widely condemned by international human rights monitors as a way to criminalize dissent.

Even before the trials started, families feared the outcomes were already decided. An anonymous relative of Parajón told Artículo 66 that a guilty verdict was expected: “There is nothing that gives us encouragement for the release of all of these people who are unjustly imprisoned.”

The trials were held in the new “El Chipote” jail complex with riot squads standing guard, rather than at public courthouses, as Nicaraguan law requires. Officials did not want to allow families to attend, although one member of Vijil’s family was eventually allowed inside after insisting. The authorities did not, however, allow relatives to give Vijil food. 

Alemán’s mother and Téllez’s brother were also allowed inside, but were not allowed to bring their cell phones. Journalist and presidential candidate Miguel Mora’s trial is scheduled for Friday. Just about a week before, on Jan. 25, families of political prisoners held a press conference calling for the freedom of political prisoners as the basis for dialogue.
The Rigoberto López Pérez Roundabout near UNAN-Managua campus became a battlefield between police and students in 2018. Photo: Fred Ramos/El Faro

Their freedom is “not a matter of political partisanship, nor is it a maneuver in a struggle for power,” the families said in the statement, but rather an “initial step in a process that leads to a greater level of serenity for Nicaraguan homes, within and outside our borders, and which helps to eventually reduce fissures in our society.”

Instead, the government restarted the trials after months of delay because of a supposed overload of court cases. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) called this week’s convictions a “deepening of repression.”

“It’s evident once again that the Judicial Power behaves as the most cruel and cowardly instrument of repression, that acts with premeditation and deviating from the legal precepts that govern them,” CENIDH tweeted.

Cancelled Universities

The Ortega-Murillo government also moved against another perceived foe on Wednesday: private universities

Nicaragua’s Congress voted to cancel the legal permits of five of them, including the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (Upoli), the center of the 2018 protests in Managua. Most of the universities have ties to the Catholic church, a vocal critic of the Ortega government in recent years.

The government argued that the universities did not comply with anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws. Ortega already took the same action against other universities in the aftermath of 2018, uprooting the educational plans of thousands of Nicaraguan students. Last year the legal standing of Nicaraguan NGOs such as the Violeta Barrios Foundation was also annulled, for refusing to register as “foreign agents.”

In 2018, university students were a major driver of the protest movement against the Ortega-Murillo government known as the “April Rebellion.” They armed themselves with makeshift weapons and created barricades inside the National Autonomous University of Managua. Police and pro-government militias were better armed, and at least 300 people were killed in the protests.

For a closer look at the students’ struggle against Nicaraguan security forces, don’t miss El Faro’s 2018 photo gallery, now translated into English: “The 2018 Nicaraguan University Siege.”

Many of these student leaders, like the group profiled by El Faro’s Carlos Martínez in 2018, were forced into hiding, exile, or imprisoned as they fought for a place in the fractious political opposition. Since 2018, authorities have branded university students as enemies, and campuses as breeding grounds for treason.

This new round of cancellations affects about 2,000 students. “They want to eliminate the critical thinking of young people, who are the present and future of the country,” student Heyling Marenco told Voice of America. An expert told the U.S. government-run media outlet that the move seeks to centralize education in Nicaragua so that the state “decides and controls everything.”


Re: Marxism Contra Justice

Les Schaffer
 

my impression from googling around is that THIS Ross is much younger (check LinkedIn) than starting something in 1975. but that may be ageist on my part and he did get a BA at the age of 50.

i'm guessing your info is for a Mac Intosh, showing on the same page as Ross at the Charnel House website

FWIW.

Les


On 2/4/22 9:54 AM, Cort Greene wrote:

Thanks all, he seems to be writing about many subjects and at one time he was with the International Communist Current ( says he was one of the founders so maybe in 1975 ? he was with them, maybe centered around the ideas of Marc Chirik) then left years later because of his interest in councilism. 


Re: Marxism Contra Justice

Cort Greene
 

Thanks all, he seems to be writing about many subjects and at one time he was with the International Communist Current ( says he was one of the founders so maybe in 1975 ? he was with them, maybe centered around the ideas of Marc Chirik) then left years later because of his interest in councilism. 

On Fri, Feb 4, 2022 at 10:26 AM Les Schaffer <les.schaffer@...> wrote:


A good visceral, savage blast at Johnson

hari kumar
 

I had a good wake-up today with this blast at the NYT against Boris. I mean it is hardly a deep analysis of the decrepitude into which British society has plummeted over the last 30 years. But it has a core recognition of the class savagery at work of 'Boris' and his chums.  I don't keep up with the British comics, first time I heard of this one - but this chap is superb - his name is Jonathan Pie. He is very very funny in my view. It also reminds me of the all language misunderstandings I have had in both Canada and the USA.
Sorry it is video and doubt it can be otherwise than in the direct link to the nYT... (?) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/opinion/boris-johnson-party-scandal.html
Hari
PS Les - do not worry - I shan't post any more today!


Re: Amnesty International Defends Report on Israeli Apartheid (must see video)

hari kumar
 

Charles: I'd like to thank you for these. I have lost a lot of Jewish friends over the years over my arguments on the state of Israel. Most were very good people and I am sad about that. But there some especially close ones who still have qualms. One of them over the word 'Apartheid'. Now his grandfather defended Nelson Mandela (i think at the Rivonia trials) - & he had a family history against the South African original sin (as it were). He abhors what did/is happening in Palestine and Israel. 
My point is simply that these videos may help him get over the hillock, and finally accept that word has an after-life. Many thanks,
Hari

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