- Category: Environment
- Created on Thursday, 31 January 2008 16:12
- Written by Mike Ely
Since we published the 9 Letters to Our Comrades, some of the most intriguing responses have come from outside our expected Maoist audiences. People have written to us from other revolutionary and leftist trends and said that our criticisms, hopes and direction echoes with their own experiences and frustrations.
I say "intriguing" because there is much I don't know about this. I am not yet sure exactly how our criticisms of the RCP and Avakian's new synthesis get at problems that are general with a larger range of left projects. But we am eager to share more about it.
One of the interesting responses came from Chuck Morse, a well-known figure among anarchists (and someone well-known for a certain, uh, antipathy toward revolutionary communism and Maoism.) Chuck recently posted an invitation here on Kasama to read his own summation of involvement within an anarchist circle around Murry Bookchin (who recently died).
I found Chuck's story engrossing and revealing -- and not just about anarchism (obviously) but about the dynamics of groups set on changing the world
, who find that the world is resistant to their particular schema. This is (to me) not so much about the mysteries of individual psychologies, but about how we can reach a theoretical and political synthesis that actually connects with large numbers of people and enable them to change reality in urgently needed revolutionary directions.
Bookchin is someone whose "social ecology" works I have always sought out and read over many years -- despite obvious disagreements with Bookchin's worldview. I found there in his books many thought-provoking insights into the connections between the growing ecological catastrophe under capitalism and the still-lagging struggle for revolutionary society. His work was particularly irresistible because we have never produced anything comparable "on the Maoist side" (despite the subjective desire of many of us to create such a revolutionary communist exploration.) We Maoists would say "Only Revolution Can Save the Planet" -- but it remained an assertion whose truth was more appreciated and discussed outside our ranks than inside -- and it was a form of assertion that somehow seemed to pooh-pooh the work and research of others. (One exception is the A World To Win series on global warming which I will soon cross-post here on Kasama.)
Anyway, Back to the Main Point here....
Chuck's critical (but loving) overview of Bookchin's political and theoretical project has many particularities, but who can read this and not recognize experiences we have had, dynamics we have seen, and brick walls we have run into?
I am eager to read (and post) assessments and discussions of the situation within other radical political trends -- explorations of things tried and dead ends discovered, or limitations of forms of organization or the false lure of liberal liquidation. Let's put our heads together.