quebec referemdun

glevy at acnet.pratt.edu glevy at acnet.pratt.edu
Sat Oct 21 04:08:07 MDT 1995


Valerie Scatamburlo wrote:

  <snip> - before we rush to defend Quebec''s right to self -  
  determination, let's also be reminded of all that which lurks behind 
  the separatist movement (It's racism should be obvious) - knee jerk 
  reactions and support of Quebec  separatists do little in addressing the 
  more substantive issues involved. > 

How presumptuous of you to assume that support for Quebecois independence 
is a "knee jerk reaction." It is true that there are right-wing 
nationalists in the Quebecois movement. It does not therefore necessarily 
follow that the independence movement is reactionary.

I may be showing my age, but I remember the Quebecois movement of the 
early 1970s. That movement was an expression of an international 
radicalization that was influenced, in large part, by the events of 
May-June, 1968 in France. The Quebecois movement was, similarly, led by 
revolutionary socialists and anarchists. Unfortunately, it was defeated. 
The current movement, however, owes its heritage, in part, to that 
earlier movement for independence. Like any *real* movement for 
self-determination, it contains many different social forces and 
perspectives. 

Jerry


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