PEN-L exchange on class character of South Africa
CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Tue Jun 19 12:00:56 MDT 2001
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What was this plantation-based rubber that cost the lives of
tens of thousands of Africans? Feudalism? Mercantile capitalism?
CB: It was capitalist slavery and colonialism, imperialism. Colonialism was an integral part of capitalist imperialism. Capitalism has always combined "free" and oppressed/forced labor. The "peculiar institution" of the U.S. South was not ancient slavery nor was it feudalism. It was capitalism.
What was Russia at the beginning of the 1900's ? Lenin said it was capitalism, even though most of the workers were peasants.
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