Forwarded from Anthony (reply to Josh)
Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky
Gorojovsky at SPAMarnet.com.ar
Tue Jan 16 21:38:14 MST 2001
En relación a Forwarded from Anthony (reply to Josh),
el 16 Jan 01, a las 22:02, Louis Proyect dijo:
> Hi Lou!
> Josh asks a great question which I have been asking leftists in the USA and
> Latin America for more than a decade without ever recieving a really
> satisfactory answer.
> The superficial answers I have received most often are, "It's not a popular
> demand in Panama or Colombia", and "I guess we never thought about it".
> The Morenoist current, including their party in Panama which had a seat in
> Panama's Congress in the 1980's, called for the "Socialist United States of
> Central America" - including everything south of Mexico and North of present day
> Colombia. This is a platform point that makes sense geographically, a little
> less sense culturally, and not much sense historically.
I promise I will answer in length before next Monday. It has been a killing day
today, and it's half past one A.M. now, so I am falling asleep. But I disagree
most strongly with Anthony on this.
In fact, the issue of the national unity of Latin America has been established
as a strategic goal for socialist revolution more than 50 years ago by the
Izquierda Nacional in Buenos Aires. In doing so, this political group simply
took for Marxism a basic proposition of every revolutionary movement in Latin
America since the Wars of Independence. Our case is, in this sense, much like
the Yugoslav one (I hate to have this example so handy!), where foreign
intervention in colussion with domestic ruling classes ripped off what could
only exist independently as a great "Nation of Homelands", as Bolívar once
At the same time, this group thus gave historic depth to the general
proposition by L. Trotsky that the only future that lay ahead for Latin
Americans was to generate the United Socialist States of Latin America.
Anyway, time has passed by and unifications must be prepared carefully. In the
peculiar case of Panama and Colombia many things happen, which I will comment
in detail on my future posting.
The "point ... makes sense geographically, a little less sense culturally", as
Anthony explains -will also comment-, but IMHO he is absolutely wrong in
stating that it does "not much sense historically".
What's more, it is historically that we find the basic reasons for unity in
Latin America. We must, first of all, take the existing states as splinters of
a disjointed nation, much in the way the Arab states are as regards the Arab
But I am quite dim-wittedly tired tonight. Will write extensively on these
Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
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