Reply from Gerald Ali on Marvin X’s Weary of Intellectualism
Hi Marvin and all,
They are not ''intellectuals' they are the petit bourgeois intelligentsia, which is a different entity.
They have no new thoughts, no new research, they just regurgitate what they have read elsewhere, they could not solve a contradiction if they tried.
The bourgeois have no liking for real intellectual, which is why they attack you, don't think with this line that I agree with all your politics, that would be incorrect, but I agree with your ability to study and research, without which no one could reach the position of an intellectual.
'''''to make a dollar is a dirty act we suppose, according to the die-hard Marxists, Communists, Socialists are whatever they profess to be.'''
Marxism and Marxist are ALL ANTI MARX, they are the petit bourgeois, as was Stalin, as was/is social democracy.
So, if you cannot 'make a buck'' how else does one eat ?
From a scientific socialist, make a million bucks if you want to, make a few, its what you do with it that counts.
For months I had told him to join me in making some money off this Obama Drama
From a scientific socialist, good practice.
'''listening to my revolutionary brothers and sisters yapping on the sidelines of struggle. Their acute sense of history cannot be argued, for they have read far more than I desire. And I appreciate their analysis of history and current events''
Reading and understanding are two completely different things, they cannot resolve the contradiction in what they read, or how they live. Stop believing them when they say they are revolutionaries, they are not.
'''Many revolutionaries and so-called conscious hip hop people refused to accept the world consensus that Obama is a lesser evil than the right wing Republicans, even though the global masses can see Obama shows many of the same traits. ''
He's a lesser evil at the moment, it was fully correct to support the change of President and dominant party, most of the ''third party ones' were little more than populists, they could say anything they wanted, with the full knowledge that they would not get the job. All rhetoric, but if they got the job, most would have soon been to the right of Bush.
Yes it is correct from a scientific socialist viewpoint to give tactical support, to give conditional support, to take their policies and programme to its logical conclusions as fast as possible, whilst carrying out a consistent analysis and posing alternate policies as well.
Unfortunately some are still trying to fight the election, its either that or admit they were in fact wrong, if they do so they will immediately 'lose face', so they cry quietly in the darkness, instead.
A red flag went up in my head when he talked of marching into Pakistan to find Osama Bin Laden. Is this Negro crazy, I thought to myself--Pakistan does indeed have weapons of mass destruction. '''
Nice to see he's now backed off, he's said recently they don't need to kill or capture bin laden.
The Pakistanis will have sent him a message, and it would not have been about atom bombs, something smaller. Ha hahahah.
''And so I concluded we are in for another white man in black face. But we can yet give him the benefit of doubt, unless we are so marginalized with ideological purity until we are paralyzed and unable to take advantage of the new situation on the battlefield. Is it better in this protracted war to inch forward or remain stuck on stupid?''
Correct, '''white man in black face.'' which is what you have consistently said all along. In all your post's, they are recorded in the group archives, so none can deny them as being a correct record.
Which now gives the LIE to both Little Joe and Adaoma, who have accused you of open support for Obama and the Democrats, glad you posted that line.
They have lied and slandered you lately, Joe started it, Adaoma follows like a sheep.
Thank God the people have common sense, far more common sense than their intellectual brothers and sisters who have been edumaked and duped into thinking weird thoughts that just don't make sense,
One can trust more the working classes that one can ever trust the petite bourgeois, they are the intelligentsia, not intellectuals.
All the intellegensia of Fascism and Stalinism came from the petite bourgeois sections of society, the religious -revisionist christian and the middle classes in economic terms, they were supported by elements from the LUMPEN propletariat, the de-classed elements at the bottom of society, the 'armchair politicians' , the bar room politicians, the 'street shouters', the down and outs provide the ''strong arm brigades', the thieves and criminals.
Weary of Intellectualism
These previous months of the Obama Drama have made me grow sick and tired of so-called intellectuals who utterly lack a microdot of common sense. I was really through last weekend as one such nerd stood in front of my stand conversing for nearly two hours while I made money with my books and Obama T shirts. When the nerd finished talking he came behind my table and finally joined me in commerce--to make a dollar is a dirty act we suppose, according to the die-hard Marxists, Communists, Socialists are whatever they profess to be. The nerd has a published book but didn't bother to put his book on the table, rather when he sold a copy of my book, he proceeded to put the money in his pocket, telling me he needed it because he was broke. How can someone stand around yapping intellectual gibberish while starving--the nerd gladly accepted a hotdog when I returned with several for my workers. He even shared it with one of the ladies with him who was hungry and broke as well. For months I had told him to join me in making some money off this Obama Drama, just as I told the brothers who were so excited over Jesse Jackson's run for president in 1984.
These last months of the Obama campaign has allowed many brothers and sisters to eat, pay rent, car notes and other bills. Yet many socalled revolutionaries and pseudo-conscious hip hop activists, stood on the sideline yapping while brothers and sisters with common sense were able to "come up." I was unable to get a team of my comrades to sale a T shirt, only the grass roots brothers offered to give me a hand hawking Obama Drama. It really hurt to see my Latino brothers working as a family selling Obama Drama. They had father, sons and grandsons at the mostly black events. Where is my family. I have plenty nephews and cousins who are unemployed and broke, but they have no intention to help me or themselves "do for self" in a big way.
To my revolutionaries, how shall we fund the revolution, a job, a grant, a loan, selling drugs, pimping and prostitution, how? I have recalled to this audience what a young brbther said to me at Oakland's 14th and Broadway, former site of my outdoor classroom, more recently the scene of riots after the murder of young Oscar Grant on New Year's day. "Hey, Marvin X, what you doing sellin dat Obama shit, I thought you was anti-American? " I replied, "I am anti-American but don't anti-Americans need money?" Where do the Communists go for loans, the Socialists, they go to the international finance global bandits. Yes, the global banking bandits finance the capitalist and communist wars across the planet, for that matter, they finance the Muslims as well. So much for ideological purity and pseudo political correctness.
I am so happy my mother gave me a little common sense, otherwise I would starve to death trying to be a wage slave or even less listening to my revolutionary brothers and sisters yapping on the sidelines of struggle. Their acute sense of history cannot be argued, for they have read far more than I desire. And I appreciate their analysis of history and current events. But they remind me of the Bush administration on the edge of the war with Iraq--remember the millions of people who protested around the world--America ignored the global masses who were against that war of white supremacy.
Many revolutionaries and socalled conscious hip hop people refused to accept the world consensus that Obama is a lesser evil than the right wing Republicans, even though the global masses can see Obama shows many of the same traits. A red flag went up in my head when he talked of marching into Pakistan to find Osama Bin Laden. Is this Negro crazy, I thought to myself--Pakistan does indeed have weapons of mass destruction.
And so I concluded we are in for another white man in black face. But we can yet give him the benefit of doubt, unless we are so marginalized with ideological purity until we are paralyzed and unable to take advantage of the new situation on the battlefield. Is it better in this protracted war to inch forward or remain stuck on stupid?
Obama has been gold to many improverished brothers and sisters, probably many who were previously selling drugs and pimping, even killing.
Yes, I am often guilty of faulty analogy or taking poetic license to the extreme, but I do know we must take advantage of the situations life presents, otherwise there will be no motion in the ocean. Thank God the people have common sense, far more common sense than their intellectual brothers and sisters who have been edumaked and duped into thinking weird thoughts that just don't make sense, as my brother in DC, Don Freeman, likes to say--it just doesn't make sense (what you are saying).
--El Muhajir (Marvin)