a number of undoubtedly genuinely committed socialists websites are taking a variety of positions in relation to the struggle and war in libya,and indeed elsewhere.
some make critical comments about alex callinicos.i have no axe to grind in relation to him,and no reason to either attack or defend him.he is however a leading intellectual of the left,im just a militant,a "footsoldier".
however,whilst he may not have expressed it,i have no reason to believethat comrade callinicos wants to see others,particularly amongst the working class die in a massacre or anything else.
might i carefully suggest that most of us are committed to a genuine humanitarianism,and working class politics.we want to see a victorious working class and an entirelky new social order for human need.comrade callinicos makes the point that whatever we(he,me,you,the workking class)do,whatever we demand,wh have to muster our forces to make it happen,when we cant enforce genuine,open,deomcratic working class politics on those who rulke over us,or approach or even pass the "tipping point"with our political forces,we can only argue for a genuine humanitarian approach.in the struggle for ideas and for change we can make the content of that class humanitarianism that would be different to the pretensious,empty,lying,hypocrisy of the ruling classes.we need to be ruthless in our criticism of them at every step and all along the way.we need to defend our thinking,thoughjtful and ideological hegemony.would this not nbe part of building the alternaticve,working class hegemony that gramsci and others discuss?
we need to build and develop our clasa indepedence whilst being carefulk but not precious about it.
the reality does seem to be that the numbers of dead might be less than in a massacre,so perhaps it comes down to argueing over numbers.the principle seems less clear.i do not want to see volunteers of the rsistance killed because of their military stupidity in the fog of war-air warfare is never as precise as it is claimed to be,and anyone firing at a jet fighter is likely to be treated as a target in the said fog of war.
it also looks like some of the pro-quddaffi civilian supporters/forces are less enthusiastic than is assumed.many innocent,or simply silenced civilains who happen to be living in the regimes sphere of influence haved already been incinerated as collateral damage of the coalition attacks.
what is also clear is that we need to at least raise our voices and be inventive inn organisinbg other solidarity in support of the resistance.surely we can argue our independece of any and allthe acvtions of our clas enenies.d
at the same time,it seems some are falling over themselves to defend a regime based on military takeover 40 years ago,not the result of liberatiion lat alone class struggle and genuine reviolutionary.
then there are those of us on the left who rather than face upo to the limitataions of our own capacities and actually largely impotent to do more than a little turn on each other and scream hysterically about otehrs stupidity,centrism,stalinism and worse and more.
wev have aresponsibilty to work to do better than this.such sectarianism might make us feel self righteously better but it does nothing else.we have to be able to do better than this.
i want to think and work to create a better world,not get emboiled in this secdtarian nonsense.such shrill screaming influences nio one,saves no lives and advances the class struggle not one milimetre.