The current anti-war movement has been notable for its size and the unexpected speed with which it has been "organized." Demonstrations against President George W. Bush's threatened war in Iraq have been held across the U.S. and have been echoed around the world. But can the movement find solidarity with Iraqi masses chafing under the rule of the hated Saddam Hussein?
No recent experience demonstrates the power of labor in today's globalized capitalism more than the hundreds of cargo-laden ships waiting to unload outside west coast ports during the lockout of the dockworkers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). It also enlivens Marx’s prescient analysis of capitalism’s falling rate of profit, at the heart of the current economic crisis.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Marxist-Humanist Archives
In opposing war, we make it clear that we are opposed to
both nuclear giants: Russia and the U.S. Under no circumstances do we get
ourselves maneuvered into a position where we, for a single moment, sound so
much against either one of them that we appear to be for the other. ABOVE ALL WE
OPPOSE WAR NOT ONLY AS "AGAINSTERS" BUT PRIMARILY BECAUSE WE ARE FOR A
TOTALLY NEW SOCIETY, ON NEW, ON HUMAN BEGINNINGS, FREE FROM EXPLOITATION AND
DISCRIMINATION, WHERE THE POPULATION TO A MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD HAS THE DESTINY
IN THEIR OWN HANDS, BEGINNING WITH THE WORKERS AT THE POINT OF PRODUCTION.
Here I wish to develop this position on two levels: 1. the objective situation and nearness of war; and 2. ramifications of this crisis for our existence both as an organization and as a body of ideas, both on the question of continuous activity and writings…
There are a number of reasons why I am excited by the
release of Joel Kovel's new book THE ENEMY OF NATURE. The first stems from my
long-held belief that Marx's humanism contains an implicit (if not explicit)
ecological dimension. Shortly after my "'conversion"' to
Marxist-Humanism in the late 1980s, which was largely the result of my reading
Marx's 1844 ECONOMIC AND PHILOSOPHIC MANUSCRIPTS
My second interest in Kovel's book derives from my hope
that it might provide some philosophic vision to the green movement.
Noam Chomsky is forever a topic of discussion among the
Left. His viewpoints hold a lot of weight among many people from all kinds of
political affiliations, from anarchist to liberal to peace activist to college
professor. Many times his ideas are looked on by students and youth as complex,
yet accessible; someone who "does theory" but in such a way as to
address a broad audience. But treating the U.S. as the font of all evil fails to
completely analyze religious fundamentalism as a threat in and of itself.
Our Life and Times:
From the horrific Oct. 12 bombing of a disco in Bali,
Indonesia that claimed over 180 lives, to the elections in Pakistan, Islamic
fundamentalist groups that support Al Qaeda and the installation of Taliban-style
regimes have succeeded in asserting themselves again this fall.
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