[Marxism] SWP and Respect -- a central issue is the national question
lueko.willms at t-online.de
Mon Nov 5 08:27:23 MST 2007
On Mon, 5 Nov 2007 13:05:10 +0000, Lenin's Tomb wrote:
> The UK does not not need a "national movement",
> it needs a socialist movement.
> Britain has oppressed minorities, but its problems can't be
> *reduced* to that, and no effort at social transformation
> will succeed based on such a limited agenda.
No effort at social transformation will succeed if it does not take
every issue of oppression seriously, and one of the most important in
that respect is national oppression. The fight against national
oppression must not be seen as something to be subordinated to the class
struggle, but must be supported as a struggle in its own right, with no
> Britain is not an oppressed nation, but an imperialist one.
May I use the occasion of the use of "UK" above and "Britain" here?
The United Kingdom has important national problems, the Irish one
being the oldest and foremost. The Scottish one should not be
underestimated. And remains the question, if "Britain" as such is a
nation at all...
> As such, the only "national movement" going here is the fascist one -
Irish freedom a fascist issue? Scottish National Party a fascist
> The 'community politics' involved here is
> not fundamentally about the defense of minorities
I can't comment on the way RESPECT acted in this respect, but want to
draw attention that I sort of dislike the term "defense of minorities" -
I prefer what Joaquin Bustelo wrote, that "Respect became a vehicle for
the expression of a radicalization among Muslims who have been singled
out for repression and discrimination in the imperialist 'war on
terror'", i.e. a way of _self-expression,_ not some outside force
defending a helpless victim.
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