Sunday, June 11, 2017
We get a bad rap for telling some other oppressed peoples that they will be liberated after a revolution which never really arrives, but Engels said....
We get a bad rap for telling some other oppressed peoples that they will be liberated after a revolution which never really arrives.
I don't think we say that as often as people hear it said, but we're wrong every time we go in that direction.
Our movement should constantly create the experiences of empowerment and collective self-determination, struggle and solidarity, dialectical growth and building multigenerational, multinational, feminist, LGBTQIA+ and working-class leadership. We should be the university of peoples' and workers' democracy.
A "serve the people" approach and a materialist view of history brought to every problem or contradiction teaches us that people make history, that we live in a world of possibilities, that each step prepares the way for the future, and that there is a logic to our lived experiences.We don't go "zero-to-sixty in five seconds flat," but we're also not stuck in reverse or neutral or moving at a buggy's pace.
Engels is not saying here that gender and sex relations will only be liberated after a revolution. Quite the opposite. He is saying that a revolution liberates peoples, that it is on-going, that unlearning capitalist morality will take generations, that people can create relationships which we cannot imagine today given a new material basis for those relationships and new ethics, that people really are the motive force in making history, and that we can trust ourselves to do this work.