Dr. Juan B. Justo (was Re: The EU question (Response to Louis - II))

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Wed May 2 23:15:53 MDT 2001

[ from Nestor ]

En relación a Re: The EU question (Response to Louis - II), el 2 May
01, a las 20:34, Julio Huato (citado por Louis Proyect) dijo:

> communism cannot be constructed without a critical mass (a majority)
> of producers duly educated, disciplined, and organized by modern
> production.

Dr. Juan Bautista Justo, the main character in early Argentinean
socialism, was of the same opinion. In 1908 he travelled to Tucumán,
where there had been a bloody and terrible strike by the sugar cane
plantation workers in 1907. During the strike, the women wrapped
themselves in broad red flags, and carried their children in their
arms. The socialist leader Del Valle Iberlucea -one of our best early
socialists, NG- made numerous speeches which were attentively followed
by the Creole workers of Tucumán.

Justo did not like the usual Argentinean Creole worker. This worker
was of an uneducated, undisciplined and unorganized nature. Justo
loved, instead, the workers of the imperialist companies in Argentina,
particularly the better placed workers in the most modern capitalist
concern, which were the British railroads. But, upon the news that
there had been a strike of Creole workers, he made the long journey to
Tucumán, probably -in his own mind- to backwardness and feudalism.

What did he do? He delivered a saltless speech, full of hopeful
recommendations. After he finished that speech, he asked the public to
form two groups. Those who could read (please remember here Julio
Huato's "duly educated, disciplined, and organized by modern
production") on a queue, those who could not, on another queue. Of
course the latter were much more numerous.

Then, the Great Socialist addressed a speech to the largest
group. What did he say? He simply told them to destroy their draft
cards --in a country where the right to vote for men on the basis of
military register was the only common goal of the people!

Good strikers and bad electors, according to Justo, were the
Tucumanian workers. Until they were "educated" by those in charge
(capitalist workhouses?), they should not vote, they should not meddle
in politics. This should remain a monopoly of the Tucumanian
oligarchy, an oligarchy which was quite used to murder in dealing with
their workers but who, of course, had been educated and thus "knew"
more than their workers in strike.

Duly educated. Civilization and barbarism. This is the very old and
stale rant of the imperialists, only that in Marxist newspeak.

Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar

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