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Emancipation from Incongruity: A Response to Michael Brie

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Socialist Register 2009I just finished reading (for the second time) Michael Brie‘s essay titled “Emancipation and the Left: The Issue of Violence” in where Brie takes a number of inconsistent and erroneous positions on the use of force, of violence, for the emancipation of the oppressed from the oppressor.

While I do agree with certain aspects of his argument about the nature of violence and its debilitating affects upon people I do not necessarily agree with his end-all-be-all stance on non-violence.  There are just too many questions that are raised and not answered by Brie’s argument.  Over the next following weeks (or however long it takes me) I’m going to respond to Brie’s argument that the oppressed must only use non-violence as a means of liberation; especially when it comes to his glossing over of history and relectance to look at that sole option dead on (especially when he, rightfully, takes on the question of violence head on without tending to gloss over certain questions).

Reference

Brie, Michael.  “Emancipation and the Left: The Issue of Violence.”  In Socialist Register 2009: Violence Today: Actually-Existing Barbarism, edited by Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, 239-59.  New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008.

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