Lenin, secession and the national question

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Thu Dec 30 16:49:46 MST 1999



Norm Dixon wrote:
>Comrades,
>
>I am posting a fairly lengthy section (sorry Louis) from an article
>I wrote for the latest issue of Links, the international journal for
>socialist renewal, which I think is very relevant to the many discussions
>we have had on this list this year over Kosova, East Timor, Ethiopia and,
>lately, Nigeria.

Oh, good. Maybe you can elaborate on what you've written here with respect
to the hotly debated question in Ethiopian Marxism as to whether the
Amharas are an oppressor nationality, such as defined by Lenin.

As Hegel said, the truth is concrete. Also, Lenin said the devil is in the
details. And I say, "A brokh tsu dayn lebn," which roughly translates into
"You have to know something about a country before assuming that your
Marxist template applies to it."

Louis Proyect
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