PEN-L exchange on class character of South Africa

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Tue Jun 19 11:47:16 MDT 2001

>>> lnp3 at 06/18/01 09:01PM >>

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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