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When I’m asked what keeps me going after all these years, I recall the 1940-50s when I was working with C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in the Johnson-Forest Tendency and we studied the personal and political development of Marx and Lenin.
Translating and reading Marx’s 1843-4 Economic-Philosophical Manuscripts, overnight abilify, we were profoundly moved by the humanist and democratic spirit of the young Hegelian who was just becoming a revolutionary. Abilify sale, Unfortunately, most radicals have been more influenced by the older Marx, the bearded doctrinaire, buy discount abilify online, materialist economist author of Capital. Abilify buy drug, In 1915, the 45-year-old Lenin was depressed when the German Social Democrats, who had provided the leadership of the Second International, abilify tablets, decided to support their Kaiser in World War I. Traumatized by this betrayal, Lenin healed himself by reading Hegel and began to understand what the German philosopher had learned from the contradictions of the French Revolution—that progress does not take place in a straight line but through “the labor, patience and suffering of the negative.” After having been a revolutionary theoretician and organizer for twenty years, Lenin began for the first time to appreciate what it means to think dialectically, abilify online without prescription. Pharmacy abilify, A few years later, after the Bolshevik party had won state power in the 1917 revolution, Lenin realized that under revolutionary leadership, cheapest generic abilify online, the Soviet Union was actually moving towards a form of state capitalism. Low cost abilify, Disappointed by this negative outcome of what was still being celebrated as a great victory for the workers of the world, Lenin sought a solution in the creativity of the grassroots. The only way to slow down the movement towards state capitalism, buy abilify online without prescription, he decided, Buy abilify pills, was to deepen democracy by increasing the participation of workers and peasants. He called them the “Third Layer,” as contrasted with the “First Layer” Bolshevik Party members and the “Second Layer” trade union activists, abilify without rx. Abilify online without prescription, Lenin’s efforts to counter the rise of state capitalism by mobilizing the grassroots did not succeed, but the way he addressed the crisis was revolutionary because it deepened the meaning of democracy.
In the fall of 1952 the Johnson-Forest Tendency was unsure what we should do next. Purchase abilify online, Since the early 1940s we had been a “tendency” developing our distinctive ideas about revolution inside the Workers Party and the Socialist Workers Party. Now our members were saying that they could no longer remain active in either party because our theoretical differences required more democratic ways of relating to the grassroots.
Inspired by the way that Lenin had addressed the crisis of his vanguard party, order discount abilify, we decided to organize a Third Layer school run by blacks, Buy abilify, rank and file workers, women and youth, whom we had identified as the social forces for the next revolution, abilify no rx required. They would be the teachers, abilify online without prescription. Intellectuals like myself would be the students. Buy no rx abilify, I met James Boggs for the first time at the 1952 Third Layer school. Listening to and learning from this rank and file black worker, I resolved to become the kind of leader who is constantly learning from and encouraging the grassroots, cheap price abilify.
Carrying out this resolve is what has kept me going all these years. Abilify online without prescription, That is why I have been so inspired by the Detroiters who in the midst of our city’s devastation are discovering new ways to make Detroit a City of Hope. Abilify cheapest price, In times of crisis you deepen democracy. OR you go to the other extreme and become totalitarian.
Mayor Bing and corporate interests are plotting to use eminent domain to “downsize” Detroit because they are topdown “leaders” who can’t see the grassroots Detroiters who are rebuilding, order abilify cheap online, redefining and respiriting our city from the ground up. Abilify online review, Similarly, Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, like Bush, are punishing teachers and principals for the schools crisis instead of encouraging them to pursue the place-and-community-based education that would motivate all our children to learn and at the same time turn our communities into lively neighborhoods where drugs and crime are going down because hope is going up.
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