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Criticism from comrade on the article "The Battle Over the Healthcare Bill…The Fascist Reaction…And the Potential for REAL Revolution"
There’s a lot in this article that is really strong but I want to quickly raise here two criticisms:
- There’s a sentence about those who "pull the strings" of the tea party movement. There are the Becks and Palins who have basically called this out (Beck in particular), and there may be others high up in the ruling class who are part of calling these forces out, but I think "pull the strings" is somewhat flat and doesn’t capture "the genie in the bottle" phenomenon that can exactly be part of what goes into a situation of all out fighting between different sections of the ruling class. There are also divisions among the Republicans but it is telling that largely these fascist movements have the initiative and are setting terms.
- Also, while there are things that allude to this, I don’t think it captures enough that part of the objective basis for a repolarization for revolution is a revolutionary program being put forward - both in terms of a whole other way the world could be, and that taking concrete expression in a Program (basics like public education, housing, healthcare, end to white supremacy and discrimination, as well as things like the orientation to set about to attempt to reverse the environmental crisis...). It does talk about people trying out different roads, but I don’t think is clear enough that it’s in this situation that people compare and contrast those programs and millions will follow those who are determined to lead up and out of the situation people want out of... This is part of what Bob Avakian discusses in the pyramid piece that gives a sharp picture of this potential.
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