[Marxism] Re: The Granma Editorial and Bolivia

Lüko Willms lueko.willms at t-online.de
Mon Feb 13 01:41:56 MST 2006

On Sun, 12 Feb 2006 19:29:49 -0500, Brian Shannon wrote:

> As for "imperialist economist trend," I hope that is not your own  
> Procrustean Bed for those who argue that the Theory of Permanent  
> Revolution, which is based above all on national struggles, has  
> relevance for the underdeveloped world.

  OK, one might mildly call it the latter-day Luxemburgists, referring 
to the Rosa Luxemburg arguing against Lenin on the national question. 

  The 'Theory of Permanent Revolution' is a correct scientific 
description of how the national or democratic revolution and the 
socialist, proletarian revolution are inextracably linked in the epoch 
of imperialism, but it is not a prescription on what to do next. 

  At least one thing should derive from this theory, namely that without 
taking seriously the tasks of the national or democratic revolution, the 
working class will not be able to even take political power, or even 
tackle the social tasks of a socialist revolution. 

  And please let us be clear: the destruction of the instutionalized 
racial oppression called Apartheid in South Africa is an immence step 
forward not only for South Africa, Southern Africa, and Africa as a 
continent, but for humanity itself. Even if its destruction did not grow 
over into a socialist revolution. 

  Nobody can be called a socialist who does not recognize that fact. 

  And beware, in some countries the class struggle will not be able to 
unfold until some precapitalist distortion of the class society are 
being removed, or at least tackled by a conscious proletarian 
revolutionist leadership. 

Comradely yours, 

Lüko Willms
Frankfurt, Germany
visit http://www.mlwerke.de Marx, Engels, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotzki in German

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