"The interests of the movement as a whole":
response to David Harvey.
Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 2 (1).
Structural analysis has many merits. It enables us to agitate effectively, to make
the links between the immediate problems people experience and the broader
power relations which cause them. It can give us intellectual – and, these days,
academic – credibility. It can even, when linked as in David Harvey's work to
uncovering elite strategies, convince readers or students that the current
situation is not written in the stars, and so by implication that it can be changed.
Yet I find myself wishing more and more – as an Irish activist and as one
involved willy-nilly in global politics – that somewhat fewer of our comrades
had invested so much of their time and energy in structural analysis, and (in
particular) that fewer of them had invested their professional or political
identity in it to the point where they believe it is possible to read off the
movement situation from a "bird's eye" view of reality.
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