Forwarded from Jurriaan

Xxxx Xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx at
Sun Jun 3 19:46:37 MDT 2001

isn't it the beauty of marxism list that we have comrades here from Africa
such as John Enyang who is so conscious of imperialism?

very much so!!!

comradely, Xxxx

Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Ph.D Student
Department of Political Science
SUNY at Albany
Nelson A. Rockefeller College
135 Western Ave.; Milne 102
Albany, NY 12222

> From: jenyan1 <jenyan1 at>
> To: marxism at
> Subject: Re: Forwarded from Jurriaan
> Date: Sunday, June 03, 2001 7:29 PM
> On Sun, 3 Jun 2001, Jurriaan wrote:
> > Dear critics,
> >
> > I have no intention of saying imperialism is "progressive", even
> > the colonisers may have done some undoubtedly progressive things at
> > such as building schools and hospitals, develop infrastructure or
> > (as the Dutch did in Indonesia; this kind of thing was precisely the
> > "civilising influence" which Second International apologists of
> >  used to extoll its positive benefits).
> >
> When the Germans occupied Europe and turned it into a veritable colony,
> they no doubt built hospitals, railways and other infrastructure. This
> infrastructure does not make Europeans consider themselves the
> of German occupation. Nor does one hear sane Europeans call the
> "progressive," not even in any "dialectical" sense. Undoubtedly
> what we have a glimpse of in the "imperialism is progressive" argument,
> more than just naive ignorance or even cynical, bald hypocrisy. It is the
> kernel of racism in European (including N. American) bourgeois thought,
> one that has often given rise to exterminism, and threatens to do so
> in the future.
> >

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