[Marxism] Van Kol

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Mon Jul 26 10:38:03 MDT 2004

May I remind Jurriaan of the Congress of Stuttgart, 1907?

This was the first meeting of the Second International where the 
issue of imperialism was considered and debated in a consistent way.

The Dutch representative Van Kol expressed (I'm translating from 
Spanish here) that "We must get there [the colonies, N.G.]  with 
weapons in hand, even though Kautsky calls this imperialism".  After 
which he continued by stating that "there is certainly some earning 
for the working class in Holland associated with colonial 
possessions".  And he, finally, asked his opponent Lebedour "would 
you renounce, even in the present situation, to the richness from the 
colonies, which cannot be computed in full?"  All this, quoted by 
Kautsky on his Socialism and Colonialism.

It is sad to recognize that Van Kol's was, in the end, the position 
that adopted not only most Western European Social Democrats, but the 
working class of those countries as such.  It should not surprise 
anybody that the most vocal of the defenders of colonialism in the 
Congress had been a Dutchman.

When the Nicaragua Sandinistas curse "the Yankee" in their songs, it 
is Van Kol who they are cursing.  Now, you are Dutch, Jurriaan.  It 
is _you_, not them, who perhaps does not very well how to draw the 
line against the Van Kols...

Please excuse me for bitterness.  But these debates have been lasting 
almost a century, and one gets tired from time to time.


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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