- Category: Revolutionary Strategy
- Created on Thursday, 27 March 2008 14:03
- Written by Maoist Revolution
Maz calls attention to the following essay written by "A Circle of Revolutionaries in Canada." It was originally posted on the Maoist Revolution List. It adds to the earlier discussion we have already over Maoism vs. Jihadism.
I thought the following passage (which is the closing of this essay) have general importance (including to the discussion of Obama happening on our other threads.)
The point, it hardly needs to be stated, isn’t that people can’t get free, but rather that it is not just any spontaneous random ideology that can free them.
As for some of the other criticisms, were unsure if they result from a genuine confusion of what we wrote or if they’re deliberately distortive. For the most part we’ll give people the benefit of the doubt. But to clarify: No one in this debate has suggested, as far as we’ve seen, that resistance to imperialism is wrong. That is a lie. Our disagreement rather, is with the panegyrical attitude some comrades have taken to the current leadership of some of the movements resisting. This line, as we explained in our article, especially point #6, is rooted in an economist outlook that downplays the importance of line and consciousness. The problem, as we see it, is that a failure to correctly explain the contradictory nature of the resistance to people will only lead to confusion, disorientation, and demoralization down the road. Here we are especially thinking of Ganapathy’s insistence that the Islamist forces are progressive. A quick reality check is in order: sometimes just causes are subverted to serve reactionary ends. This is nothing new.
To go off on a little tangent, and at the risk of sounding trite, we’d like to recall a scene from the film Million Dollar Baby, in part about a woman boxer’s (Maggie, played by Hillary Swank) rise through the ranks and her relationship with her trainer (Frankie, played by Clint Eastwood). In one scene, Maggie is getting beat in the late rounds of one of her first bouts. Sitting between rounds, she asks Frankie why she’s losing. Frankie responds pithily: Cause she’s a better fighter than you, that’s why….Now, what are you gonna do about it? Maggie then proceeds to get up and knock out the other fighter. Of course, Maggie knew that her old skills weren’t working, and that she was going to have to adjust her game and get real better real fast if she was going to win that fight.
We live in a time when even the possibility of universal emancipation is being questioned, where we’re being outmaneouvered by various political tendencies, and where we’re currently very weak, and other forces are very strong. The suggestion is even made that we should get behind whatever is out there now, or become legitimate targets ourselves. In short, it’s a nasty fight, and we’re behind on points. Now, what are we gonna do about it?