Monthly Archives: April 2013
My eye just twitched. But (most likely because I am looking at a bright screen in a dark room [no frame of reference]), rather then experiencing it as an eye twitch, the entire world appeared to twist clockwise about 30 degrees for about one second. Tiny Phenomenology.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Boston, we wish to make clear that the revolutionary socialist workers movement – of which we are a part – is now and has always been opposed to the philosophy of terrorism as a means of revolutionary change. This early essay by the great Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky is an excellent outline of the revolutionary Marxist attitude towards terrorism.
Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism
Originally published in German in Der Kampf, November 1911.
Originally transcribed for the Philisophy/History Archive, which is now the Philosophy Section of the Marxists’ Internet Archive.
Proofread by Einde O’Callaghan, November 2006.
Our class enemies are in the habit of complaining about our terrorism. What they mean by this is rather unclear. They would like to label all the activities of the proletariat directed against the class enemy’s interests as terrorism. The…
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Thoughts go out to friends and family in Boston as news continues to arrive from Boston regarding the tragedy. At least two appear to have been killed and approx. 100 injured, from as many as 4 devices.
[edit 04/16: the numbers appear to have shifted to 3 deaths, 150 injuries.]
I recently attended the Subverting the Norm II conference in Springfield, Missouri–a fantastic conference, which opened up significant dialogue. In the context of a panel on the “Death of God,” a surprisingly heated debate arose among the panel attendants regarding the proper theological relationship to conservativism. To what extent, it was asked, do radical, liberal, or emergent theologians (broadly speaking, the theological left) posit or create an Other in the form of the “conservative,” the “fundamentalist,” or the “evangelical”? Does the theological left rely upon a posited opponent or enemy who we can rail against with impunity, who we can demonize or, speaking simply, hate?
The defenders of the left sought to argue for the distinction between the critic and the prophet, the former stands outside of a community, posits this community as an opponent or Other, while the latter stands within the community, lives with and among the community. But, is such an distinction sufficient for eliminating what might be called the scapegoating of the right by the left? How can we on the left remain theologically honest, without becoming ideologically violent toward our Other?