[lbo-talk] Regime Change and Paranoid Reaction

Mike Ballard swillsqueal at yahoo.com.au
Wed May 23 05:58:51 PDT 2007

On 5/22/07, Mike Ballard <swillsqueal at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> Doug quoted from the Alien & Sedition Acts!

Yoshie wrote:

When you lose sight of capitalist imperialism, your vision gets blurred, and you begin to think that the IWW and Leon Trotsky on one hand and the United States government on the other hand, i..e., left-wing revolutionaries and right-wing counter-revolutionaries, mean one and the same thing to the people of Iran, just because they are both "alien" to them (the claim that the government of Iran does not make today, no longer fearful of Soviet imperialism which is now a thing of the past). What would the dead anarchists and socialists say about being equated with imperialists, plotting regime change to make the world even friendlier to the empire of capitalism than it already is, if they could come back to life? ********************

My guess is that these alte Genossen would say (the ones who wouldn't vote war credits for their rulers in the run up to WWI), "We're not in favour of wage-labour, capital or the State no matter what the national flavour. The proletariat has no country." Bakunin would probably say, "A theocratic State opposing a capitalist-imperialist State--get rid of them both." That "left in form, right in essence" dogma is not this, still living, socialist's cuppa : it's an old formulae designed to keep the workers cheering for one ruling class against another. The best thing we can do is to organize class conscious unity wherever we are in the world.

Best, Mike B)

An injury to one is an injury to all http://www.iww.org.au/

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