Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Oct 24 08:52:44 MDT 1995
On Tue, 24 Oct 1995, Doug Henwood wrote:
> Talk of both Quebec and African-American nationalism makes me want to pose
> this question - why have all the "national liberation" movements of the
> 1950s, 60s, and 70s turned out so badly? Vietnam is a wreck, Africa is a
> wreck. Does the wreckage have anything to do with the limits of NatLib?
Vietnam abolished capitalism and achieved national sovereignty, so one
should not put the words national liberation in quotes. It is on the ropes
for the same reason Cuba is. The pressures to adapt to the onslaught of
global capitalism are immense. It is more than likely that there will
never be another Cuba model, because there is no longer a Soviet Union to
supply material aid and military defense.
Capitalism was never abolished anywhere in Africa. All countries that
went through "national liberation" (in this case, the quotes are
appropriate) like Algeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe have been subject to the
domination of the "free market" to an even greater extent than Cuba.
Now that the first and second world are becoming more and more like the
third world as capital drives down the wages of labor everywhere, the
original vision of a world socialist system becomes more urgent and more
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