By Ward Churchill
In a special layout of highbrow problem and counter-challenge in demand local americans and Marxists debate the viability of Marxism and the superiority of ethnocentric bias in politics, tradition, and social thought. The authors study the notions of "progress" and "development" within the context of the sensible realities confronted via American Indians of their ongoing fight for justice and self-determination. This discussion bargains severe insights into the character of ecological wisdom and dialectics and into the opportunity of developing a social thought that may bridge cultural obstacles.
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Look beneath the s urface of revolutionary Marxism and what d o you find? A commitment to reversing t h e i n dustrial system which created the need of white s ociety for uranium? No. A commit ment t o guaranteeing the Lakota and o ther American I ndian peoples real control over the land and resources they have left? No, n o t unless the industrial p rocess is to be reversed as part of their d o ctrine. A commit ment to o u r rights, as peoples, to main taining our values and traditions? No, not as long as they need the u ran i u m within our land t o feed the industrial system of the s ociety, the culture of which the Marxists are still a part.
Euro peans s i m ply take the flesh for granted a n d consider the deer inferior. After a l l , Eu ropeans consider t hemselves g o d l i k e i n t he i r rat i o n a l i s m and s cience; god i s the s u p re m e being; a l l else must be i n ferior. Thus, the a bi l i t y of Europe t o create d is harmony k n o ws no limits. A l l Euro pean tra d i t i o n , M a rxism i n c l u d e d , h a s c o n s p ired to d e fy the nat ural order of all t h i ngs. M ot h e r Earth has been a bused , the p owe rs have been abused, and t h i s can n o t go o n for ever.
Europe invented the p ractice o f turning words around on themselves. You need only l o o k t o t h e t reaties between A merican Indian peoples and various E u ro pe a n governments t o know that this is true. Draw your strength fro m who you are. The twisting o f w o r d s goes on t oday; it has never stopped . " This is why certain idiots are believed by a few empty heads when they label Ameri can Indian activists as being "Marxist-Leninists . " This is why certain groups in the "left" believe they share our values while rej ecting the same values at every practical turn .