so i've been lurking for a while - always daunted by
everybody's erudition - and i feel like i'm jumping in
at the deep end and possibly stepping on some toes
here, which isn't my intention. but anyway...
--- daniel haines <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> not the issues, but the actual situation, are
> outside my
isn't this an appeal to the distinction between theory
and practice - as if theory was practice's little
cousin, not to touch any of practice's special
objects? if we can't stand on the front line and make
Change ourselves, we won't think - as if only The
Revolution mattered, and not the molecular revolutions
that run through any issue? surely theory can open up
possibility spaces - help us stop routing all possible
solutions to a conflict through models of Statist
somebody, i forget who, said they didn't think a
palestinian state would help much - well of course
not, but why should that be the alternative to israeli
violence? the cause of the palestinians' vulnerability
to violence, exploitation and unemployment isn't their
statelessness, but their status as a distinct
underclass in Israel and Israeli-occupied territories.
Zionism hasn't just disenfranchised Palestinians, it
has actually created the Palestinian working-class by
turning a population of small farmers into a pool of
the homelands the Palestinians lost can never be
reconstructed. the appeal to Palestinian independence
is careerism for a would-be ruling class; as anywhere,
nationalism is deployed to mobilise the working class
in defence of the interests of its political masters,
whether they're in or out of power. national
liberation movements trade off the patriotic
ossification of molecular movements (that might
coalesce into Revolution? who knows?) for molar
colonisation, a slice of the mud pie. the working
class has no country - an old class struggle slogan,
but isn't it the mark of a not-yet-existent people? a
becoming, a nomadism - "The working class has no
homeland to return to as long as every territory of
life is carved up into spheres of capitalist interest.
The working class must take back not just its squalid
ghettoes and miserable patches of desert, but the
whole world." The new earth?
"The lust of the goat is the bounty of God." - William Blake.
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