PROLETARIANS of the world unite!
u961680 at student.canberra.edu.au
Tue May 21 23:17:03 MDT 1996
The MIM argument that there are no Euro/Amerikan, Euro/Aussie or 'white'
(whatever that means) proletarians in the imperialist countries
(USA, Australia) proletarians is, at least for me, thoroughly unconvincing.
The quotes advanced by MIM below don't assist their racial analysis of
the working class.
In Australia there is a split in the working class between the labour
aristocracy and the 'real masses' which Lenin spoke of, and urged
communists to principally organise amongst. These propertyless
proletarians include immigrant and indigenous workers as well as some
"Aussies." In between these two sections of the working class are the
numerically significant semi-proletarians referred to in the quotes
extracted by MIM.
In Australia the proletariat's strategy for coming to power is a
Communist Party-led united front in which the proletariat, through its
Communist Party leads the revolutionary masses to seize state power
through People's War. People's War in Australia is basically a lengthy
period of preparation, leading to insurrection and then civil war as was
the case with the Bolshevik Revolution.
_________________________ -- C
On Tue, 21 May 1996, Maoist Internationalist Movement wrote:
> The slogan is not "Semi-proletarians of the
> world pass yourselves off as proletarians and unite!"
> This is not to say we cannot ally with certain demands
> of the semi-proletariat, but we have to be clear what
> class is leading. This is as fundamental an issue as there
> is in Marxism, tied directly as it is to the "dictatorship of the
> Lenin's COMINTERN's definition of semi-proletariat from
> section titled "Our Attitude to the Semi-Proletarian Strata."
> "In Western Europe there is no class other than the proletariat which is
> capable of playing the significant role in the world revolution that, as a
> consequence of the war and the land hunger, the peasants did in Russia.
> But, even so, a section of the Western-European peasantry and a
> considerable part of the urban petty bourgeoisie and broad layers of the so-
> called middle class, of office workers etc., are facing deteriorating
> standards of living and, under the pressure of rising prices, the housing
> problems and insecurity, are being shaken out of their political apathy and
> drawn into the struggle between revolution and counter-revolution."
> Alan Adler, ed., ITAL Theses, Resolutions and Manifestos of the First
> Four Congresses of the Third International END (London: Ink Links,
> 1980), "On Tactics," in Adler, op. cit., p. 293.
> "It is also important to win the sympathy of technicians, white-collar
> workers, the middle- and lower-ranking civil servants and the intelligentsia,
> who can assist the proletarian dictatorship in the period of transition from
> capitalism to Communism by helping with the problems of state and
> economic administration. If such layers identify with the revolution, the
> enemy will be demoralized and the popular view of the proletariat as an
> isolated group will be discredited."On Tactics," in Adler, op. cit., p. 294.
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