[Marxism] Class struggle, unions and onions

Wayne S. Rossi felianan at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 5 10:39:44 MDT 2006

--- Nestor Gorojovsky <nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar> wrote:

> What I have perceived is that the national unification of Latin 
> America is perceived as "not class struggle".  And there doesn't look
> to exist the most elementary intention to look at it this way.

What Joaquín, you, and other leftists of this stripe are trying to do
is to paint a new anti-imperialist popular front strategy as the *real*
class struggle in Latin America, as opposed to the really existing
conflicts between the working and exploiting classes in those
countries.  To date, the Hylton/Sinclair piece in last fall's New Left
Review is by far the most perceptive piece in the case of Bolivia, and
what it outlines is a quite clear scenario of class struggle.


The Bolivian scenario is not going to be wiped away by Morales; he has
a long tooth for various rhetoric but has no real prospects for solving
the class issues before him.  The other Latin American countries,
Venezuela included, are at a lower but rising level of class struggle
and there's little reason to believe that any of the left-centrist
regimes will break the historical pattern of failure.  Lula's has
already followed it.

> Because I respect this list, I respect the enormous job that Louis 
> Proyect is doing, and I also respect myself and the millions of 
> comrades who, South of the Bravo River, are slowly beginning to 
> understand that the foreflag of our march towards socialism is "Latin
> Americans, unite!"

If you really believe that any of the "left" populist regimes in Latin
America will stand by the proletariat when the chips are down, or that
Chávez and Morales are really capable of setting a course for
socialism within their intact bourgeois governments, you're letting
wishful thinking substitute for sound political analysis.  The
Venezuelan and Bolivian states have not been smashed, and are still
capitalist weapons; they will serve those purposes if not destroyed.

The problem with the "Latin Americans, unite!" analysis is that it
overlooks the really existing class struggle in Latin American
countries as something that can and must be glossed over as the
proletariat joins the popular front in the fight against imperialism. 
Quite to the contrary, it is only the proletariat who can be trusted to
make a stand against imperialism.  Unless the real proletarian
tendencies unite and lead the struggle, the whole project is another
doomed fantasy.

- Wayne

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