Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Aug 20 06:36:17 MDT 1999

>Una excelente nota acerca de Argelia. ¿Como explicas la aparicion del
>fundamentalismo, que no existia en la Argelia revolucionaria y por que las
>masas musulmanas se sienten expresadas por el y no por alternativas
>socialistas mas avanzadas? Quiero decir, ¿no se ha identificado demasiado el
>socialismo, el marxismo, la revolucion con esos objetivos
>"developmentistas", si me permitis la expresion, y eso ha contribuido a que
>los marginados del proceso lo miren con recelo?
>Espero que entiendas mis preguntas.
>Un abrazo
>Julio F.B.

The post on Algeria was meant to address a very specific theoretical issue,
which is the failure of "state capitalism" to explain the differences
between Algeria and Cuba. I wrote in the context of examining how Castro's
revolution continued to deepen, while the Algerian revolution disintegrated
because it failed to follow the anti-capitalist logic of the Cuban
revolution. So I omitted any discussion of the more recent troubles of
Algerian society, which by consensus, have nothing to do with socialism.
Clearly fundamentalism in Algeria is a inchoate revolt of the poor against
the FLN bureaucratic ruling class. There are also signs that many of the
massacres that are blamed on the fundamentalists are actually the
responsibility of the army, who pulled the same shit as the ultraright
pulled in Colombia recently. Massacre a bunch of poor people and blame it
on the "rebels".

I can't figure out any way in which the Islamic revolt can lead in a
positive direction, since it is based on the model of contemporary Iran. I
suppose if you trace the dialectic of such movements, it can be found in
the failure of Marxism to sink roots in North Africa and the Middle East.
The reasons why it hasn't would require much more knowledge than I have, so
I will say no more.

Louis Proyect


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