[Marxism] MDC weaknesses
sartesian at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 3 08:06:39 MDT 2008
"The real conflict here is between the people of Zimbabwe -- the whole
nation, all classes -- and Imperialism which tries to put the African
nations again under its heel."
First off, this variation on a theme "the main contadiction is between
imperialist and oppressed nations" is used by some, if not many, as a
mantra-- lacking meaning in and of itself it gains significance through
repetition, through tone. LW needs to show exactly how the whole nation,
all classes are in contradiction to international capitalism.
But more than a religious intonation, this phrase should lead one to just
the opposite conclusion about Zimbabwe from what LW intends, for indeed it
certainly looks and sounds like all classes, the whole nation is involved in
opposition to the ZANU-PF. Mugabe may use nationalist rhetoric, rhetoric
equally comfortable in the mouth of monarchists, corporate-state-ists,
national socialists, populists, "radical" capitalists and small capitalists,
militarists, etc. etc. but that doesn't mean Mugabe or ZANU-PF has since
assuming power, will in the future, or even has the ability to oppose
advanced capitalism. Certainly, a close examination of Zimbabwe's economic
history will show that ZANU-PF has not done anything to separate Zimbabwe
from the tides of the world market.
So we need to ask-- are there real, material, economic determinants for the
movement against ZANU-PF? Are those economic determinants the product of
ZANU-PF administration and execution of a national capitalist program which
inevitably requires, at different moments and often at the same time,
compliance with international capitalism and a rhetoric of opposition to
international capitalism when the very actions taken produce misery and
We can ask this another way: is there a basis for a real social revolution
in Zimbabwe? Clearly the answer is yes. Does support of ZANU-PF advance
that revolution? No. Does support of UN sanctions advance that revolution?
No. Does ZANU-PF offer in any way, shape, or form prospects for resolving
the economic contradictions which form the basis for social revolution? No.
Does the movement in Zimbabwe against the policies of the ZANU-PF present an
opportunity to develop the actions, program, and class organization
necessary for the resolution of those contradictions? Yes.
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