multiculturalism in the canadian state

Paul Flewers paul.flewers at
Mon Nov 22 12:10:56 MST 1999

Shiraz Rawat wrote: < The Canadian Multiculturalism Act is not in itself
a bad thing. It helps to eliminate ethnic chauvinism which, although
benefits the bourgeoisie, also benefits the working class. >

How can any form of chauvinism benefit the working class? Would it not
be better to say that individual groups of workers, for instance, white
South Africans or Northern Irish protestants, could obtain a privileged
position at the expense of the workers amongst the SA black population
or the NI catholics, through collaborating with their bosses, or that,
for instance, European workers could gain some crumbs from the table by
accepting their rulers' imperialist programmes? But in neither case
could these groups of workers really benefit from chauvinist politics,
as their institutions and general outlook would thereby be corrupted,
and it would be much harder for them to be won over to socialism, and
thus to a way forward for genuine improvements, both financial and
moral. Chauvinism, therefore, can only really benefit the ruling class.

Paul F

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