Define Racism: Were Marx and Engels Racists?

Robert Malecki malecki at
Thu Aug 29 00:26:18 MDT 1996

>Greetings to all comrades from Wei En Lin
>"Racism--the assumption that psycho-cultural traits and capacities are
>determined by race, and that races differ decisively from one
>another, which is usually coupled with a belief in the inherent
>superiority of a particular race and its right to domination over others."
>[Webster's Third International Dictionary]
>Marx and Engels often spoke about different nationalities, esp.
>the Germans, the English and the French, making broad

Actually Wei Lin makes a point here. And i think that racism and
discrimination in the "marxist" or "communist" circles has clear roots.

In the for Soviet Union the White Russians certainly played a dominating role.

In the United States it is the white anglo saxon middle class intellectual
envionment that plays this role. This is also the case in many European

And as far as discrimination, a poor and working class person on this list
as as much of a chance to be heard as a snowball in hell, because the post
war left is dominated by and educated middleclass intellectual group of
people that think they by reading a book and can quote a little Lenin or
Marx makes them superior to poor and working class people.

In fact they expect poor and working class people to be quiet and subservial
in the discussions between the various trends or at best cheer leaders to
one faction or the other. In other words marxism has become a playground for
middleclass intellectuals rather then and instrument for the working class
to find a way forward.

This probably is the case for a lot of the third world "marxist"
intellectuals also..

 bob Malecki

Stop the death of M1!

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