[Marxism] Vietnam won

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 13 09:10:15 MST 2006

>"Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty."
>(Ho Chi Minh)

Dunno. I am a troglodyte Marxist when it comes to questions such as these. 
And guess what, I won't quote Trotsky...


To what degree is the situation of the Latin American republics similar to 
that of the semi-colonial countries? The economic condition of these 
republics is undoubtedly semi-colonial, and this characteristic of their 
economies tends to be accentuated as capitalism, and therefore imperialist 
penetration, develops. But the national bourgeoisies, who see cooperation 
with imperialism as their best source of profits, feel themselves secure 
enough as mistresses of power not to be too greatly preoccupied with 
national sovereignty. The South American bourgeoisies, not yet facing 
Yankee military occupation (with the exception of Panama), are not disposed 
to admit the necessity of struggling for their second independence, as 
Aprista propaganda naively supposes. The state, or better yet the ruling 
class, does not seem to feel the need for a greater or more secure degree 
of national autonomy. The revolution for independence is relatively too 
near, its myths and symbols too alive in the consciousness of the 
bourgeoisie and petty bourgeoisie. The illusion of national sovereignty 
still lives on. It would be a serious mistake to claim that this social 
layer still has a sense of revolutionary nationalism, as in those places 
where it does represent a factor for anti-imperialist struggle in 
semi-colonial countries enslaved by imperialism, for example, in Asia in 
recent decades.

full: http://www.marxists.org/archive/mariateg/works/1929-ai.htm



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