Capitalist collectivization. (fwd)

Robert Malecki malecki at
Thu Apr 25 10:09:53 MDT 1996

Louis wrote...
>Louis: Small ranchers can definitely be won to the revolution. Some of
>the staunchest supporters of the Sandinista revolution were small
>ranchers who had been fucked over by the Somocista land-grab which had
>transformed Nicaragua in the 1970s.
>This land-grab was economically disastrous for Nicaragua. It brought
>nothing but grief to the small proprietor in the countryside and vast
>fortunes for the Somoza kleptocracy.
>In the rest of Central America, it was not the local bourgeoisie which
>grabbed the land. It was, as I pointed out, North American corporations.
>They exploited Central American land at the expense of the people of
>Central America. This was economically disastrous.
>When small farmers rise up against this oppression and join the workers
>in struggle, they are acting in a progressive fashion. A socialist
>government should protect the small farmer. Even if large-scale farming
>is more productive--and this is not something that is self-evident-- the
>transformation of small ownership to vast state farms must be done with
>the full collaboration of the people. This is what socialists have always
>been for since it makes sense. Where you get your ideas from is anybody's
>guess. It has nothing to do with Marxist politics. That is for sure.

Louis is right on this question. The peasantry, the small land owner, the
landless peasant must be won to the proletarian cause. In many third world
countries the slogan of a workers and peasant government under the
dictatorship of the proletariat is still viable.

However the peasants must learn that by there own experience and in close
collaboration with the workers in the cities the enormours gains that can be
made by collective farming..

malecki from exile..

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