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The authoritative attack Mythology of PDFEPUB #10003 on the idea that the American working cla. Let me start by saying that the main thing on my mind while reading Settlers was the following uestions Why have I never seen this book or most of the information included in it referenced by any self described leftist academics Why have I instead heard mostly the same flawed incomplete and misleading interpretations of American history that Sakai discredits From the first pages of Settlers I got a hint of why It s not because Sakai isn t accurate most of the time but instead because the style of writing takes the exact tone that evokes hostility from leftists who at core believe white supremacy is only for broke white Republicans and from lukewarm liberals who prefer multiculturalist reform strategies that involve assimilation as am answer for racial minorities I am skeptical that the people who are most damned by this piece can fall out of love with whiteness long enough to actually see any of Sakai s points all points that must be addressed if you are proposing radicalism or revolutionary idea that is afraid of alienating white identified people Overall this book kept me repeatedly shocked because on nearly every page there was a new detail that I never heard in a classroom discussion of the very same time periods and events in history For example at one point I was somewhat annoyed at the fact that I was reading new details that were not addressed in Ira Katznelson s When Affirmative Action Was White Specifically Katznelson presented the time period as if it was merely an unplanned unintentional result that Black veterans were left out of New Deal benefits yet Sakai provides details suggesting that it was NOT coincidence but instead part of a very large pattern in which the government administration was nakedly and blatantly pursuing imperialist goals enacting violence on anyone who got in the way Similarly I ve repeatedly heard of various rebellions being touted by leftists as evidence of white Black unity in anti capitalist action but Sakai also offers some pretty unignorable details that raise uestions about the intentions of people circulating these misleading narratives My biggest take away from this book is that people are sorely mistaken and severely misinformed if they think anti capitalist action in the West can stand alone rather than being guided first and foremost by an internationalist strategy that struggles against imperialist capitalism Excellent and necessary read especially if you re for some reason buying the idea that unity or some other empty concept will solve problems that are the direct conseuence of the colonialist and imperialist origins of the seat of the Empire

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Settlers The Mythology of the White Proletariat

Oups This book presents US history from a working class revolutionary and non white perspectiv. This is a dodgy book Its radical and unflinchingly anti racist and anti imperialist nature make it very appealing to those with a sense for justice but no principled marxist framework within which to make sense of it but its politics and conclusion sees whiteness as the death of socialist organising it constitutes a limit as absolute and inescapable as that of classes If you must read it do so for its vivid and well sourced descriptions of violence against all oppressed and colonized people do not however take Sakai s judgements on the complicity and agency of the non black working class as objectively truthful That in other work he deems nazism as a radical and genuinely anti capitalist movement only makes my suspicion of his maoism all the greaterOld review unredacted view spoilerThis is the book Roediger s Class Race and Marxism ought to have been When you first read Capital it is as if reality reconstitutes itself around now excavated ley lines in a series of vast and grinding mutations Settlers unlocks a second necessary explosive landslide Settlers at its core lays down a challenge to marxism as it was traditionally understood While there are a number of Euro Amerikan workers they no longer combine into a separate proletarian class 146 Why is it that the United States have ironically never known a genuinely revolutionary movement Combining proletarian historiography and sprinklings of Marx Lenin and Mao J Sakai dissects the class composition of the United States from its early years and charts the interaction of the white elite and slaves immigrants colonial subjects and other racialized groups demonstrating that a class analysis that fails to take race into account is wrong not just historically but also theoretically By way of subaltern anecdotes official statistics and press snippets Sakai very convincingly argues that in the instances where white US labour movements have been successful these successes were bought at the cost of third world immiseration both locally and internationally where solidarity seemingly transcended racial divisions this was a matter of tactical unity which never left the umbrella of white supremacist overall strategy The only emancipatory movements which could not be recuperated by a white elite were black nationalist movements hence the brutal crackdown on the Black Panther Party the Puerto Rican independence movement and analogous organizations Seemingly proclaiming fidelity to Mao s dictum that to be attacked by the enemy is not a bad thing but a good thing Sakai sheds a sympathetic light on black historical actors who held that the KKK are in fact the most authentic and helpful whites they at least do not cover up the antagonism which in decent America is buried under metaphors and slogans This reader was reminded of the similar development in South Africa which nation as a settler society par excellence also gets its comeuppance in the book that recognizes that the ideal of the post racial rainbow nation is little than an ideological bribe which allows merciless class and hence race based oppressions to root themselves yet deeplyWhile Settlers may initially seem to forego sophisticated analysis for a one dimensional racial perspective it is this very attention to the sensuous reality again 146 of the US class system that allows it to take into account the full complexity of class nature in a settler society on top of that it has the numbers and documentary artifacts to back this analysis upAs Settlers is too rich to fully critiue in the scope of a review I ll keep my few doubts and uestions limited to the following Especially in the the first half of the book focusing on the 17 19th century some of the fanciful anecdotes don t always seem to be sourced On other occasions anecdotes are sometimes kneaded into very skewed historical setpieces for instance Sufi Abdul Hamid whom Settlers casts as an excentric but influential Black Nationalist figurehead was in his time popularly known as the Black Hitler owing to his vehement and sustained antisemitism A nuanced discussion on this matter could have been very fruitful even if it would sidetrack Sakai s otherwise crystal clear analysis The mechanisms through which nonwhite labour is expelled from unionized sectors is left unspecified while of course class based systematic racism is the culprit how this tends to manifest itself is not made explicit Mass firings Selective hiring Arbitrary degree conditions Sakai tends to psychologize the abstract movement of capital and while the relation of dispassionate capitalism to the very libidinal scourge of racism is of utmost importance this techniue runs the risk of smoothing over the possibly resistant will of individuals and ontologizing racism in the same way Ta Nehisi Coates is sometimes accused of doing This is not in and of itself a knock against Settlers the strength of marxist critiue is exactly its ability to look beyond the particular to grasp a universalized system but is not further commented on in the bookIn conclusion Settlers is as essential as Capital it educates on the pitfalls of race blind social movements social analysis that stops at the border and does not take into account the way levers and pulleys in the centre run through the periphery and transracial alliances The way out Sakai would suggest consists of working through all these matters black and female liberation cannot just be a facet of a communist movement but is the prime contradiction of contemporary US empire One hundred percent obligatory reading hide spoiler

J. Sakai ☆ 4 review

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10 thoughts on “Settlers The Mythology of the White Proletariat

  1. says:

    Let me start by saying that the main thing on my mind while reading Settlers was the following uestions Why have I never seen this book or most of the information included in it referenced by any self described leftist academics? Why have I instead heard mostly the same flawed incomplete and misleading interpretations of

  2. says:

    Settlers has been the most influential book I've ever read clueing me into the revisionism and pro imperialism endemic among the white Euro Amer

  3. says:

    The author takes an anti Marxist racialist and essentialist approach to summarize a highly distorted history of t

  4. says:

    The definitive book on Why You Should Hate Amerikkka Not only educational but entertaining too A must read book for radicals of all stripes

  5. says:

    Completely upends the myths of racism as some sort of unfortunate transistory phenomenon the situation of whites as comparable to other groups and the idea that radical movements are some sort of white only thing It has problems that are inevitable for a pretty short book many areas being somewhat rushed through but it still manages to be pretty comprehensive of what it does cover and to clearly and forcefully show the truth of

  6. says:

    In many ways J Sakai's Settlers was a groundbreaking book for that sliver of the North American left that one may term revolutionary People from all strains of the radical left took notice of its analysis It was promoted by the Love

  7. says:

    To echo the words of Kersplebedeb the book is groundbreaking Magnificently simple and yet so earth shattering for anyone raised on a heavy diet of bourgeois historicism Truly rewriting the history of settler colonialism in a way which highlights the utter ugliness of it all

  8. says:

    This is a dodgy book Its radical and unflinchingly anti racist and anti imperialist nature make it very appealing to those with a sense for justice but no principled marxist framework within which to make sense of it but its politics and conclusion sees whiteness as the death of socialist organising it constitutes a limit as absolute and inescapable as that of classes If you must read it do so for its vivid and well sourced descri

  9. says:

    Missing the kind of academic rigor expected of contemporary political philosophy the book is absent large numbers of supporting citations and is riddled with illogical statements ignored in favour of subjective

  10. says:

    Definitely a necessary read for those who want to understand the mythology of the white proletariat how it conceptualizes itself as a broad based workers movement when the reality and history of white labor organizing tells a completely different storyIt makes for a fascinating read but by the same token there are some noticeable flaws 1 A