Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 20, 2019

When the NY Times understood what the term concentration camp meant

Filed under: Fascism,repression — louisproyect @ 3:36 pm


  1. Concentration camps for counter revolutionaries and saboteurs of a successful marxist revolution are a reasonable measure.

    It depends on who is being concentrated.

    Comment by halborn — June 20, 2019 @ 3:40 pm

  2. But can you guarantee people who don’t deserve to be there by your measure will be spared or even that you won’t end up in a camp yourself? Of course I understand we’re talking about camps where inmates are detained indefinitely without being charged or convicted of a crime.

    Comment by Andrew — June 20, 2019 @ 9:42 pm

  3. Concentration camps were invented by Spanish colonists in Cuba. Then the English used them in Africa. America perfected them in the West. And Hitler based his plans on the genocide on the Native Americans. Jews don’t have a monopoly on the term.

    Comment by Mike Matei — June 21, 2019 @ 8:03 am

  4. A concentration camp is any large temporary prison, usually in tents or with multiple purpose built barracks, where entire populations or specially classified groups are confined for political reasons.

    This should frighten people, but like all scare words “concentration camp,” like “fascist,” becomes meaningless when used too broadly.

    As long as individual moral outrage is the sole criterion, no effective political judgment is possible. Individual moral outrage as a political motivator leads to a meaningless policy of gesture. EG: We must impeach Trump even though there is zero probability of his being convicted, because it it The Right Thing to Do.

    People who think this way suffer from an illusory or downright delusional sense of autonomy that is always false even if, when they are people of some wealth or prestige, the illusion is a convincing one because they remain safe even when their “moral” gestures have no tangible result.

    Looking at history, eg. by reviewing this article in the NYT is nevertheless a good thing, though many will come away with nothing but more imaginary objects for gesticulation.

    Comment by Farans Kalosar — June 21, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

  5. Why weren’t they called concentration camps when Obama was doing the same thing? Where were the libs with their staged crying sessions when Obama locked up and deported the most immigrants of any president in US history?

    Comment by Tray Dee — June 29, 2019 @ 2:52 pm

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