Every time I hear Mumia speak I am reminded of just why he facing death at the hands of the state. Perhaps it is the discipline imposed on a lucid mind having to communicate from the confines of death row that allows Mumia to say in just a few lines whole ideas and arcs of history. As a revolutionary propagandists he has no equal in the United States. Imagine Mumia on the streets agitating and organizing around these words and you’ll understand why he speaks from a cell.
Here Mumia points out that the origin of the capitalist crisis is….capitalism. Further, the state is not neutral but a capitalist state. It is with the state that the capitalists legitimate and formalize their rule. All the while the state is presented as the arbitrator of society’s conflicts rather than the embodiment of them. Mumia, with his usual clarity, damns the whole system in the present crisis.
We would do well to heed Mumia’s view of the state during this time. All too often even the left bows before its omnipotence. Recently I have read remarks on the economic crisis from some even claiming a little Marx in their past seeking solutions from the state’s good offices all the while chiding revolutionaries for their lack of “realism”.
These, with their unmitigated faith in a god that can not and will not deliver, are the genuine starry-eyed idealists and not those whose solutions to the social crisis begins by denying the parameters laid down by capitalism and its states. Thankfully history tells us that states are finite; they don’t go on forever. On occasion they even get overthrown by the people they claim to represent.
It is only the organizing of his supporters here and around the world that has kept Mumia alive. As his legal case narrows and justice seems even more difficult it is no time to let up. Free Mumia!