Re: [Marxism] Don’t Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class

2020-06-29 Thread Mark Lause via Marxism
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The point is not whether you have individual leaders issuing instructions.
Quite the reverse\.  The rebirth of BLM after the Floyd murder makes this
issue all the more important.  In part, this is because the larger an
unmarshalled demonstration becomes the easier it is for right-wingers or
police agents to shape what happens.   We've seen it happen.  More
substantively, it's because it shows the potential for it to have an even
greater impact with larger numbers.

When the new wave of demonstrations started, the organizers decided to keep
everything a secret.  No call went out, not even at the last minute for
people to show up a particular location and time.  It was kept, as
explained to me, "private information" so as to "catch the police by
surprise."  Later, there were several demonstrations called publicly by
different groups, including the DSA.  These are flip sides of the same
coin.  The point is to unite in a principled way the largest numbers we
can, and to engage participants to get involved in organizing the next such
action.

Things have improved here and there, as they will with experience . . .
But this is going to be a very uneven process.  I'm terribly encouraged by
the fact that Democrats haven't coaxed them into a political domesticity
yet, as they did so easily with the bulk of Occupy.  The pressure is going
to increase and we can't be surprised if they do successfully blight these
efforts.  But the issue will survive as will the experience.  I am fairly
confident a President Biden will have less benefit of the doubt than Obama
had, so it could be a terribly interesting administration.

. . . But let's hold off on our Lenin analogies until we see what pulls
into Finland Station.
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Re: [Marxism] Don’t Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class

2020-06-29 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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On 6/29/20 7:50 AM, Mark Lause wrote:
This goes again to a lack of organization in the movement.  It seems to 
me that virtually anyone can present themselves can act in the name of 
BLM or be treated as a spokesperson of BLM.




This would have been more of an issue prior to George Floyd's murder. 
There have been more than TWO THOUSAND protests as documented in this map:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:George_Floyd_protests_map#/map/0

By and large, there was no counterpart to Jack Barnes or Ahmed Shawki 
sending instructions out to local BLM organizers to carry them out. 
Johnson demonizes these protests by referring to people like DeRay 
Mckesson cashing in. You get the same kind of analysis from Cory 
Morningstar who wrote 25,000 words demonizing Greta Thunberg because her 
tour was funded by corporations. You might as well denounce Lenin for 
taking that ride on a German train.


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Re: [Marxism] Don’t Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class

2020-06-29 Thread Mark Lause via Marxism
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This goes again to a lack of organization in the movement.  It seems to me
that virtually anyone can present themselves can act in the name of BLM or
be treated as a spokesperson of BLM.

This repeats the earlier problems with Occupy over much of the country.
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[Marxism] Don’t Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class

2020-06-28 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Cedric Johnson and Adolph Reed Jr. denounce BLM because they see it as a 
tool of corporate America. It is the same analysis you get from an 
obscure figure named Cory Morningstar who wrote 25,000 words "exposing" 
corporate America's influence over the climate change movement. It's 
also the same thing you get from Max Blumenthal when it comes to Syria 
or the Uyghurs. It is what Deep Throat told Robert Redford in "All the 
President's Men": "Follow the Money". Any relationship between this 
business and Marxism is purely coincidental.


https://jacobinmag.com/2020/06/blackwashing-corporations-woke-capitalism-protests

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