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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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An Open Letter to the NO! Campaign

An Open Letter to the NO! Campaign

By Dennis Loo (8/19/17)

I am reluctant to criticize my friends at the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP, USA) but I do so in the hope that they will correct a mistaken campaign.

They are, after all, the best hope overall – the only hope for an organized force in this country - to lead a movement to overthrow this despicable government and the necessary steps that must be taken, now and after.  And when I speak of the government I mean not only Trump, but his vice-president Pence, and this government as a whole based on its plundering the planet and exploiting people, here and abroad. The RCP is the only organized force that I know of even entertaining, and working for, the people to take the stage of history. Everybody else seems committed to some version of riding the bourgeoisie’s coattails, where the people’s role is at most as spectators, not as participants, genuinely engaged.

Thus, I make these and similar remarks not without a lot of consideration since I have learned so much from the RCP over the years, have worked with many of them through decades in various roles, including most recently as a World Can’t Wait’s Steering Committee member, have great respect for what they do, the sacrifices they always make to do what they do, and have become what I am in no small degree because of Bob Avakian’s works in particular.

It is not easy to do what they do. To declare openly that you are a revolutionary communist alone is hard and most groups don’t even dare to do that, let alone all that entails in living up to that! It’s in the spirit of agreement that I raise this criticism.

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