[Marxism] Dueling Powers and Capitalist Property in the UnitedStates by Matt Russo
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Sat Jan 3 19:01:15 MST 2009
Re: [Marxism] Dueling Powers and Capitalist Property in the UnitedStates by
I have always thought the SWP was off base, and in recent years in
outerspace. (I am referring to Louis Proyect's post ( *Subject*: Re:
[Marxism] Dueling Powers and Capitalist Property in the UnitedStates by Matt
Russo (Joaquin Bustelo) )
Just to be clear I think fighting against foreclosures is a good idea, even
if the owners are not workers. If someone tries to kick the shop keeper down
the street out of his shop, or out of his house, all of the neighbors should
mobilize to keep the neighbor shopkeeper in, and stop the evicition. And so
should the unions, and so should the churches.
Socialist revolution, if it is ever to happen again, will require the
mobilization of more than the poor proletarian masses, it will require the
mobilization of the labor aristocracy who own their own homes, and a big
part of the pure petty bourgeoisie as well.
Without the mobilization of the peasantry, what would have happened to the
French revolution, or the Russian revolution, or the Chinese revolution, or
the Mexican revolution?
Look at the land struggles throughout the "third world", including here in
Colombia. I am without reservation on the side of those trying to occupy a
little plot of land, whether it is currently owned by a big landowner, the
government, or without proper deed at all, and unreservedly against the big
land-owners, drug dealers, and agents of the government (same thing). Just
like in the wild west.
Anybody who thinks they are for a revolution, whether or not they think they
are a Marxist, should be for the oppressed against the oppressor. This is
the ABC of Morenoism, and for my nickel, of all truly revolutionary
One of the reasons I find these arguments dubious is
that they are endorsed by the SWP which stated in the Militant newspaper
that is incorrect to fight against foreclosures. That took a lot of
chutzpah considering that the SWP leader lived in a million dollar condo
in the West Village.
Maybe I'll try to find some time in the next week or so to see what
other post-Engels Marxists had to say on the question of housing.
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