[Marxism] "WW2": interimperialist war to redivide the world,

Tom Cod tcod at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 26 12:12:22 MDT 2009

Yeah, but I think that's not the context that it would have occurred in, rather it would have been in the contextof the defeat of the Soviet Union in 1942, something that was pretty close to happening.  With that and the capture of the oilfields of the caucuses that would have been more or less the end of it.

> From: ian at ianpace.com
> Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 20:26:51 +0100
> Subject: Re: [Marxism] "WW2": interimperialist war to redivide the world,
> To: tcod at hotmail.com
> > I am not _that_ sure of this. The "final solution" was linked to the
> > decission to wage a total war on two fronts, it was in a sense a result
> > of desperation. If Hitler had managed to strike an agreement with the
> > West to fight against Moscow together, then it would not be impossible
> > that the German bourgeoisie had managed to replace the Nazis with a more
> > sensible political group... and carry on the anti-Bolshevik parcel of
> > her programme without mass murdering Jews, Gypsies or homosexuals.
> >
> Whilst the Final Solution was not, I believe, absolutely inevitable until 
> around 1941, I do feel the above tends to underplay the centrality of 
> anti-semitism (and anti-Gypsyism, anti-gayness, etc.) to Nazi ideology.
> Recommended reading on this subject: the late Marxist historian Tim Mason's 
> essay 'The Primacy of Politics', in which he argues for certain 
> 'superstructural ideologies' (my term, not his) assuming an autonomous role 
> of their own, however much they might be rooted in economic and other 
> concerns.
> Solidarity,
> Ian 
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