[Marxism] What was "white" and "European" about Soviet "socialism"

Lajany Otum lajany_otum at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Nov 19 20:37:06 MST 2006

Joaquin Bustelo <jbustelo at bellsouth.net> wrote:

> The specifically white, European character of Soviet bloc 
> socialism became quite evident in its unravelling. The 
> leading bureaucratic layer and to a large degree the 
> masses, too, wanted to be part of the privileged
> imperialist camp rather than casting their fate with 
> the majority of humanity, the peoples of the Third 
> World. That's what it came down to.

Most of the elites in the majority world had long since
thrown their lot openly with the imperialist camp, so it is 
hard to see what is specifically "white" or "European" 
about the soviet bureaucracy eventually doing the 

If that fact is not enough to bury this line of reasoning,
then Japan, which is arguably less "white" and 
"European" than Russia, made the transition from 
the ranks of peripheral nations in the capitalist 
system to the core of exploiter and oppressor nations
far earlier and more effectively than the former soviet 
bureacracy could hope to. 

Perhaps there was something specifically "white" and
"European" about the character of Japanese Feudalism
and the Tokugawa Shogunate, as revealed by the 
Japanese ruling class declining to throw its lot in with 
the majority world and openly allying itself with the 
centres of imperialism against the people of Asia
from 1868 to the present day? 

Lajany Otum

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