Lenin, Marx, Engels, and --the Inca Yupanqui

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Sat Jul 19 10:21:40 MDT 2003


Ed George recalls Lenin quoting and commenting Marx & Engels:

"No nation can be free if it oppresses other nations," said Marx and
Engels, the greatest representatives of consistent nineteenth-century
democracy, who became the teachers of the revolutionary proletariat.
And, full of a sense of national pride, we Great-Russian workers 
want, come what may, a free and independent, a democratic, republican 
and proud Great Russia, one that will base its relations with its 
neighbours on the human principle of equality, and not on the 
feudalist principle of privilege, which is so degrading to a great 
nation."

The same concept, with almost the same words, was stated by the Inca 
Yupanqui, an American Deputy to the revolutionary Cortes de Cádiz in 
1812, upon evidence that Peninsular deputies would not allow equal 
representation to Americans: "Un pueblo que oprime a otro no merece 
ser libre" (A people that oppresses another does not deserve to be 
free).

As events showed shortly afterwards, the Inca Yupanqui was completely 
right. There has been some argument in Argentina on whether the 
sentence kept reverberating in Marx's mind after his studies on the 
Spanish revolution. Fact is, however, that (just as the revolutionary 
Liberal commanders of the Bolivarian and San Martinian troops told to 
their defeated revolutionary Liberal comrades in the Royalist Spanish 
armies, "los revolucionarios de todo el mundo somos hermanos:  --"we 
revolutionaries are brothers the world over").

And over the years, too.

Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar

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"Sí, una sola debe ser la patria de los sudamericanos".
Simón Bolívar al gobierno secesionista y disgregador de 
Buenos Aires, 1822
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