From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 18:53:52 -0500
steve and john wrote:
>I'm afraid both Doug and John's interpretations of Foucault's College de
>France suffer from Yankeecentrism.
Up to a point. I did say that Marxist and socialist movements have
historically been, however imperfectly, anti-racist and anti-imperialist -
at least a lot more so than centrist and right-wing movements.
>Foucault's thesis is not about the ideologies of either racism or
>socialism. It is about the effect on civil socieities of the
>biopolitics of population when state institutions have been controlled
>by the Left, whether social democratic or stalinist.
Compared to what? Compared to Nazis or Francoites? Even the USSR's internal
national policies were a lot better than what prevail in post-Soviet Russia