Why do Social Democrats do what they do?

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
http://www.peoplesworld.org/a-ragged-process/%20%5D
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 ?

Addenda:


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...
http://www.peoplesworld.org/not-just-any-movement/

"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"

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