[Marxism] Re: Earl Browder

Lueko Willms l.willms at jpberlin.de
Tue Oct 4 04:45:00 MDT 2005

.    On  03.10.05
  wrote  e.c.apling at btinternet.com (Paddy Apling)
     in at mail.btinternet.com
  about  Re: [Marxism] Earl Browder

PA> The point of all this is to emphasise that in that period, 1941-45
PA> the crucial centre of working class activity was, correctly, to
PA> defeat the Nazis.  That explains fully why strikes were, correctly,
PA> opposed by communists -

   plus opposition to independence for the colonies, e.g. India, and a  
course of fighting for the reconquest of the Philipines instead of for  
its independence, the same for Indonesia and French Indochina.

PA> and why the French and Italian resistance
PA> agreed to give up their arms and join the regular forces.

   They didn't. The résistance did not surrender to Charles de Gaulle.

PA> Talk of any alternative policies at the time could only be regarded
PA> as effectively help to the fascists -

   It was rather a support for their ideology to oppose independence  
of the colonies, to uphold racial segregation, and to suppress civil  
liberties and the democratic freedom of expression.

PA> and it really is naive to suggest that alternative policies were
PA> anything less than treasonable to working-class interests.

   I read that Ernest Mandel, a Jew born in Frankfurt, Germany, in  
1923, whose parents managed to get to Belgium, and a revolutionary  
communist when he grew up, managed to talk German soldiers, who had  
taken him prisoner, to let him go. He talked about socialism, and not  
about defending Belgiums right to keep their Congo colony, or  
defending the monstrous Moscow trials.

   In Brest, revolutionary communists even published a German language  
paper, "Arbeiter und Soldat" (worker and soldier), directed to the  
German occupation troops, who in the vast majority were nothing but  
workers in uniform.

   The politics of submitting to the war course of one's own exploiter  
did actually prolong the war.

   And today we know that, while the Red Army's glorious victory over  
German imperialism prevented the immediate destruction of the  
surviving bases of the October revolution, it started a long  
protracted process of decay.

PA> We were, of course, well aware that the
PA> British and American ruling classes had not really changed their
PA> coats -

   exactly. E.g. the British moved first to protect their colonies in  
Africa and the Arab world.

PA> - but first the war must be won.

   Which war? The war to prevent the German and Japanes competitor to  
rob the colonies from their original robber? The war to establish a  
brutal rightist dictatorship over Greece?

PA> As time passes there are fewer still alive who remember those
PA> exciting times - when we believed that the Anglo-USSR alliance could
PA> be continued into a peace that would bring not only working-class
PA> advance in Britain and other advanced countries but quickly bring
PA> freedom to the oppressed peoples of the world held in thrall by
PA> British and French imperialism.

   Actually the war, and the course of the Communist parties looking  
to Moscow for directions, _opposed_ the fight for independence of  
India and all other colonies.

   Remember that the USSR and their allies in November 1947 all voted  
for the colonialist partition plan against Palestine in the UNO  
General Assembly.

PA> The death of FDR and the swing to the right by his successor Truman
PA> soon put paid to our hopes - but to suggest that we were wrong in
PA> 1941-5 is ridiculous,  and shows a complete ignorance of the
PA> dialectics of history - and indeed of Marxist praxis.

   To believe that the course of the class struggle was turned by  
vicepresident Truman succeeding to his President instead of the  
interests of US imperialism is quite naive, if I may say it bluntly.

Lüko Willms                                     http://www.mlwerke.de
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