When Race Burns Class: Settlers Revisited: "So i decided to write an article (famous writer's delusion) on how this white supremacy started in the u.s. working class. i didn't know - maybe it was in the 1920s?, i thought. So Settlers was researched backwards. i knew what the conclusion was in the mid-1970s, that white supremacy ruled the white working class except in the self delusions of the Left. "No politician can ever be too racist to be popular in white amerikkka", is an amazingly true saying. Settlers was researched going back in time, trying to find that event, that turning point when working class unity by whites had dissolved into racial supremacy. 1930s, 1920s, pre-World War I, Black Reconstruction, Civil War, 1700s, 1600s, i kept going back and back, treading water, trying to touch non-white supremacist ground. Only, there wasn't any!" (available HERE)
Stolen At Gunpoint: Interview with J. Sakai On the Chicano-Mexicano National Question: "The United States is a unique nation because it's always been an empire. It's never been just a nation with ordinary people. From its very beginnings, it has been an illegitimate nation in the sense that, in order to become a nation, it had to conquer other people, take their land and enslave them. There literally has been no point in American history where that wasn't true, because that's the basis of what being American is - which is, of course, the whole problem in the social character of the question of justice." (available HERE)
ALSO BY J SAKAI
Learning from an Unimportant Minority (2015) purchase HERE.
Basic Politics of Movement Security (2014) purchase HERE.
Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement (2002) J Sakai's contribution available HERE purchase HERE.
Aryan Politics & Fighting the WTO (2000) from My Enemy's Enemy: essays on globalization, fascism and the struggle against capitalism. Text available HERE purchase the collection HERE.
The Green Nazi: an investigation into fascist ecology (date unknown) text available HERE, purchase HERE.
When Race Burns Class: Settlers Revisited (1999) purchase HERE
Notes Toward An Understanding Of Capitalist Crisis & Theory (2009) text available HERE purchase HERE.
PRIMARY LOATHING: Is It Real Or Is It Memorex? (2008) text available HERE.
Beyond McAntiwar: notes on finding our footing in the collapsing stageset of the u.s. empire (date unknown) text available HERE.
DISCUSSION OF SETTLERS
From MC5 of the Maoist Internationalist Movement (August 1990): "MIM has distributed many copies of Settlers, as the text has profoundly contributed to the party's line on the reactionary nature of the white nation, including the white nation working class, in North America. MIM does, however, have some criticisms of Settlers." (available HERE)
From David Gilbert: "Even for those of us who think we understand the white supremacist core of U.S. history, reading Settlers is still quite an education." (available HERE) (J. Sakai responds HERE)
From JMP (September 2014): "We often forget that Marx wrote Capital for workers and not the academic elite (otherwise he would have published the Grundrisse instead), that Mao wrote for peasants, that Lenin was addressing revolutionaries and not marxologists. If Settlers belongs in this vital tradition, then it is the job of those of us who are "leftwing scholars", if we truly believe our political principles, to treat Sakai's theory seriously." (available HERE)
From Kuwasi Balagoon (date unknown): "Settlers caused quite a stir in the anti-imperialist white left and among nationalists of the Third World nations within the confines of the U.S. empire as well as anarchists and Moslems of this hemisphere. In short, among all of us who are ready and willing to smash or dismantle the empire, for whatever reasons, and whatever reasoning. This is in spite of the fact that it is a Marxist work, because it isn't out of the stale, sterile, static, mechanical mode of the vulgar sap-rap that has carried that label." (available HERE)
From Clyde in Slingshot #52 (date unknown): "Settlers should be widely read and discussed as a base in the political education of North Amerikan radicals. I do have a couple criticisms. First, Settlers does a weak job of addressing patriarchy and women's liberation, waiting until page 150 to let us know that "Women's Liberation is an essential part of the world revolutionary future". Second, Sakai needs to be taken with a grain of salt sometimes around his praise of vanguard partyism, but anti-authoritarians should not let this political difference distract them from the great contributions made by this book." (available HERE)
From Enaa - Doug Greene (July 2011): "It is Sakai's contention that the United States was founded as a settler society and that whites in it were a parasitic group exploiting those of subjected nationalities. However, Sakai's thesis is marred by an unclear use of class and some cherry-picking of data. Despite this, Sakai's work is a pioneer in serious Marxist analysis of the national question in the United States." (available HERE)
From M. A. Krul (September 2008): "Sakai's thesis is absolutely important as a heuristic for understanding the complicated and idiosyncratic relationships of race and class in America now and historically, as well as for any attempts to build a serious working class movement there." (Available HERE)
From S. Rosedale in Antidote #1 (date unknown) (review of "When Race Burns Class" mentioned above): "Predictably, most of the left misread the point of the book completely, using it to justify the application of race-only strategies against organized white supremacy. Within the first paragraph of his interview here, Sakai sets the record straight: "It wasn't about race, but about class. Although people still have a hard time getting used to that - it isn't race or sex that's the taboo subject in this culture, but class." (Available HERE)
From the Utah Revolutionary Students Union (December 2014):
From Sebastian Lamb of New Socialists (2003): "Unfortunately, the ideas of Settlers are so flawed that they are an obstacle to developing the kind of anti-racist working-class politics needed today. Because its ideas have some influence among anti-capitalists, they deserve to be challenged. People committed to a strategy of social change based on the self-organized struggles of workers and oppressed peoples should clearly repudiate the kind of analysis and politics found in Sakai's writings and develop an alternative."
From Tyler McCreary in Upping The Anti (January 2005): "However, despite Settlers' vitality, Sakai's critical inquiry is hobbled by certain critical lapses and overly strict conceptual categories." (Available HERE)