April 02, 2010
Dialectical Decoder for interpreting Sam Webb's "A Ragged Process", and "Not just any movement", Andrew Taylor, 02 April, 2010
See: A ragged process
by: Sam Webb , the CPUSA Chair
October 29 2009
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ragged - everything is! everyone is!
progress and process - are usually ragged
"the capitalist class on the one side & the working class on the other" - is not Marxist.(and for that matter not nice!)...
the proletariat - term not used in this article
"Pure forms exist in high theory" - people in glass houses should't throw large, ragged metaphysical stones ?
corporate capital -- part of "the core forces of the people's movement" "depending on the issue at hand".
an anti-corporate strategy - "doesn't fit the bill"
the diverse, multi-class, and fluid coalition - is the shit!
the broad, multi-class coalition - ditto!
the far right - were rebuked and/or repudiated by O's election - Obama's election created this dialectically (sorta/kinda....)
swing in the political pendulum - O's election
ushering in a new era - O's election
neoliberalism - Obama's election was a "serious setback" to this...
right-wing extremism - what Obama's election was a defeat of ...
the brilliant candidate - Obama
the people's coalition - elected the above and is led by the above
right-wing dominance - ended with the election of the above
a motley group of social actors - The Chair and Nat'l Board ?
tilting - what "the balance of class and social forces" are now doing
tilting in a progressive direction at windmills and green stuff - what Don Quixote and Sam do
a people's agenda - cannot be "rolled out" however...(Hey - it ain't easy! give O more time!)
political advantage - has shifted to "our side" (progressive USAnians not Afghanis)
"a new New Deal" - what Sam Webb imagines this advantage may morph into...
tactics - are not mentioned
"a dependent variable in this equation" - tactics
right wing opportunists - are the core forces, ever dependable and clear headed
"the ebbs and flows" - what mass struggle gets you
"the contradictions and the dialectics..." - stuff that steers "the near constant reconfiguration" of ?
Unknowable are the twists and turns of dialectics! As this glossary was being put together Our Glorious Leader penned another epistle entitled: "Not just any movement" and I have added a few new glasshouse words to the battle weaponry of the militant working class...
"the actual class struggle on the ground" - whatever the Democrats face at this particular moment
"the existing balance of class and social forces at this moment" - ditto
"some frictionless political universe that exists only in our heads" - the place where Single Payer activists live
the terrain of struggle has shifted - due to the multi-tiered struggle surrounding The Democrats Health Insurance bill
Its protestations, ranging from racist to homophobic to nativist to simply wildly hysterical - the Republicans aren't well situated cuz of all this?
the administration's Waterloo - didn't happen. More DEMS in the Midterms...meebe
on the ropes, absorbing blows - where Obama was after the Dems lost Massachusetts
"The ball is back in the people's court" - been wonderin where that damn thing was...
the labor and people's movements - should resist overconfidence in the wake of victory
The Vision - "of this wide, loose coalition is inclusive, egalitarian, multi-racial, multi-cultural, deeply democratic, empowering, respectful of difference, and peaceful"
A timely reminder:: Seymour M. Hersh on the chemical attacks trail back to the Syrian rebels, 17 April 2014
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