Bears & Crashes

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Tue Apr 4 14:19:51 PDT 2000

Why prepare to end the exploitation one class by another if class society need not proceed through crises, international discord, catastrophes, breakdown and political counter-revolutions? Moreover, it can only be through compulsion--an objective contradiction between the forces and relations of production-- that we can reasonably expect ourselves to struggle to achieve a truly free association of producers , from the perspective of which the present class society will seem dismal even at its most prosperous and reformed.

For us to hope for no better than trade unionism and the reinstatement of structural keynesianism--and thus to delay recognition of the need now in the face of the manifest limits of the mixed economy to develop patiently an opposition open to revolutionary goals and tactics: this obstructionism is the goal of all leftists who are witting and unwitting accomplices of capital. And I think this about the left in my brighter and darker moments.

Which is not to say Bill F that you seem to be absolutely correct about the Pinker over-reach about a genetically specified language capacity.

Yours, Rakesh

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