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Trump and Pence: What Is and Isn’t

Trump and Pence: What Is and Isn’t

By Dennis Loo (9/14/17)

In a talk delivered to a Party working group in summer of 2017, entitled The Problem, the Solution, and the Challenges Before Us, was published online as of August 31, 2017. I am glad that in that speech Bob Avakian expands on the relationship he sees between the NO! campaign and socialist revolution. I previously did not see how he was making that connection based on the other two pieces by him that revcom.us has been recommending. You can see my earlier commentary on those here.

I cite extensively from Avakian’s new words and others, with my remarks interspersed, because you need to see the evidence yourself. This is a rather long article, but as you get into this, who will probably see why.

Let me say at the outset: I still don’t see how he gets from the NO! campaign to its contributing to revolution in this new speech, except insofar as more people will be gathered together to oppose the Trump/Pence regime in November, 2017, (a date they are now aiming for) and so in the general sense that is a good thing and perhaps contributes in a way to that aim. But it is based on a wrong premise and true scientists (of society) do not want that.

Avakian’s mode of argumentation in regard to the NO! campaign is flawed. It is not with pleasure that I say that because I think that if there’s to be revolution in this country, the RCP is the only presently organized force working towards that. The stakes here are exceedingly high. Even for those who do not yet think a socialist revolution is called for or possible, at least growing numbers of people realize that capitalism and imperialism pose an extremely serious danger to this planet (consider the hurricanes and extreme weather patterns that accompany global warming!) and something dramatic and radical must be done.

The reader will make up their own mind and hopefully my interpretation will do some good. Even if you disagree with me thoroughly, the effort reading this will be well worth your time.

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Q & A re: Fascism et al

Q and A: Fascism et al

By Dennis Loo (9/2/17)

Material added 2 pm and 4:45 pm PST

I spoke with a friend about my last two articles here and we discovered that going through some of these matters in a Q & A manner broke down some relatively unfamiliar matters, making them much easier to cope with. I’m going to do that now.

Q: What is fascism?

A:  You will find a number of different interpretations out there about how to define fascism. This is no agreement between commentators on its occurrence nor conceptual agreement on what is and isn’t fascism. For such a slippery variable to then be applied “scientifically” is difficult. It would appear, nevertheless, that the following traits tend to be present:  bourgeois rule but with an extreme variant of bigotry, xenophobia, patriarchy, militarism, a strong man as the leader, fear of “The Other,” worship of the corporate state to the point where corporate power completely eclipses any citizen rights (the latter with no rights), public gender roles being very polarized with no variant in between, women as breeders, contempt towards the “weak,” “fragile,” and any nuance.

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The Difference Between a System in Crisis and the People in Crisis

The Difference Between a System in Crisis and the People in Crisis

By Dennis Loo (8/26/17)

It might be useful for me to further elaborate on two of the points I made in the last paragraph of my “An Open Letter to the NO! Campaign.” These two points concern the difference between a system being in political crisis, which this one surely is, and the people being in crisis.

The two processes obviously overlap; some aspects of what is going on is certainly increased people’s suffering. 

But there is a significant difference between these two. If you fail to see that difference and select as your focus the secondary aspect (people and the planet are suffering) of a process rather than the primary aspect (there is a political crisis gripping the system due primarily to a credibility problem), than you are making a consequential error. 

Contradictions are often like that: complicated and of varying degrees in them, where there is some (or a lot) of different strands. But if you are to extract from that bunch what is primary in them, then you can make sense of it as a whole and effect the overall process thereby. You can have, in other words, a transformative effect and bring into being something hidden to most eyes previously.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12