NOI demographics

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Tue Feb 27 09:18:57 MST 1996

Louis: Ralph is quite correct on this. The classical fascist movements do
incorporate the lumpen proletariat and the petty-bourgeosie and I guess I
haven't really given this as much thought as it deserves. It should be
said, however, that Malcolm X came out of the lumpen proletariat, into
the leadership of the Nation of Islam in the 50s, where he started his
development as one of the great revolutionaries of the modern era.

Ralph, of course, will be the first to tell you that
Malcolm X was a horrible reactionary nationalist who sold out black
people. On this question he stands shoulder to shoulder with the
Spartacist League and every other sectarian Trotskyite outfit.

On Tue, 27 Feb 1996, Ralph Dumain wrote:

> Mr. expert on fascism outght to know that fascist movements are
> always a combination of the petty bourgeoisie and the
> lumpenproletariat, not the proletariat in between.  NOI is so
> classic a fascist formation, it takes a great deal of badly
> directed intellectual energy to overlook theobvious.  Of course,
> when I hadf to deal woth black profesioanls who bragged about
> attending the march -- the kind of people who always volunteer for
> everyting in the community, especially to run things -- I said to
> myself -- predicatability, thy name is Washington.
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