[Marxism] On Walter's expulsion (a criticism and self-criticism)
Waistline2 at aol.com
Waistline2 at aol.com
Wed Jan 28 01:28:56 MST 2009
Actually Waistline is a nickname given to me at age 14. I am 56 and a
communist. I have been reading Marxmail pretty consistently for about eight years
and was a list member, kicked off (rightfully, not for politics but just being
vulgar and stupid), come back, given a warning, left and come back. My birth
name is Darryl Mitchell. I live in Florida.
Everyone is different, and I take extreme caution in dipping into what I
consider the business of other countries. Conditional support of states and
unconditional support of revolution is a policy designed to keep ugly Americans
out of trouble. Us American Marxists have all the solutions for the world.:-(
I have always supported the Cuban Revolution, since age 16. My second wife
blew one of her ovaries harvesting sugarcane in Cuba during - if memory
serves me correct, during her second or third visit. The old tours once sponsored
by Jack Smith's Guardian, although I never was of the politics of the
Guardian. .She use to lead tours to Cuba and China. I know a little about Cuba and
the recent transition in power. I also have been reading Walters stuff for a
little while. He got himself in trouble. Its no big deal.
No one is required to support any particular policy of any state, that
includes Cuba. Peddling the policy of a state is fraught with political and
My politics are communist. My history is as that of an anarcho- syndicalist
American brand. I grew up in Detroit and was part of a group of black
communists. I'm a old Stalin dude won to his brilliance on Marxism and the National
Question. Strategy and Tactics (all articles) and several other articles of
critical insights. His Foundations of Lenin is still outstanding and can be
truly understood when compared with Soviet documents and articles written
between 1922 and 1925. Comparing even Lenin's stuff with material from 2008,
reveals a number of critical misunderstandings, even Lenin possessed. That's
called a historical error, because in 1921 Lenin's 1921 stuff was real good.
Paddy Apling is soft compared to my history. He's an original and the next
generation tends to be more in imitation. Trust me on this. However, I do not
argue Stalin today, only the operations of the law of value in the Soviet
Union. I wanted to contribute to the quickly piece on the Kulak, from the
standpoint of how Bukharin and Stalin expressed their understanding of the law of
value, but the discussion was not shaped to my liking. Bukharin was always much
smarter on economic matters - than even Lenin, but politics is a tricky
Apparently we have differences of opinion. That normal for adults and
children alike. That is alright.
My old organizational affiliations included the League of Revolutionary
Black Workers, Communist League and Communist Labor Party - a founding member of
all three. I retired from Chrysler Motors after 30 years in Oct. 2001, was a
union rep for a small time, and lived the life of a well paid slave.
Those were the days.
Walt is on vacation from the list.
Lou is pretty level headed about the list and called Walt onto the carpet
about a month or so ago and a couple of months before that; asked that he
respond and he did not respond. Then it seemed Lou forgot. It is no big deal in
the meaning that people have been kicked off the list, for infringements, come
back, left and come back. There is actually two Lou's and one must learn to
separate the writer from the moderator. What Lou writes is separate from his
function as Moderator, at least in my opinion. Lou's function as moderator can
not be fit into the old category of Zinovievism, although I have never agreed
with this concept as a valid approach to what happened in the old CPUSA in
terms of democratic centralism and standardization of Comintern doctrine.
Look, a bunch of us have been kicked out of better places; night clubs and
juke joints where the music is loud and the people dance loose. A couple of
those joints I can never return to, but could return to Marxmail.;-) I have
learnt my lessons.
When American imperialist embargo comes down, I plan to do Cuba 6 - 10 times
a year. No, I will not be working there cutting sugarcane or fixing engines
or anything else unless it is an unavoidable thing. Like the air conditioning
going out or something. Then Cuba's problems are really going to start
because no one and no human will can topple or collapse the law of value.
Yea, the second wife got all the Cuban literature and old TriContinentals,
during the heady days of Anglo and Cabral. She got that first edition of
"Liberation of Guinea."
As much as I respect Fidel he ain't God. Plus, we did not buy the whole
"Third Word" concept and analysis, which works in the world of political
relations between states, but cannot be fitted into Marxism. I love African but that
was not socialism or a socialist revolution inn the Congo Brazzaville. Hell,
we personally knew many leaders of the Revolution in Ethiopia, but hey . . .
some were Marxist but they were over throwing the emperor.
Now I was a real Mao man for about a year and a half, until I ran into
members of The Revolutionary Union (RU) crew and all of them stood up in unison
waving a Red Book quoting what Mao said in a joint meeting. This was during
the "party building period." I was like, "damn, this is worse than the Black
Panthers with their leather bulls eye jackets. At least the Panther have good
Then the Chairman of the party came to town on one of his frequent visits
and started kicking everyone ass for using memorizing as a studying technique
,pretty much ending the memorization routines. I still remember what's on page
212 of the Red Book. Ya'll remember, the piece about idealism and
metaphysics. :-) Then the Chairman had distributed the 1939 Textbook of Marxist
Philosophy stating that "if anyone wants to get anything wrong, then at least start
with the absolute best." The copy I have right now was printed July 1974 by
the Communist League
Somewhere in this story I do some time sequences wrong.
Those were the days.
Take it easy.
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