[Marxism] Israel, the Austro Hungarian Empire and South Africa (was Re: Is Israel an apartheid state?)

Lüko Willms lueko.willms at t-online.de
Mon Aug 23 16:35:44 MDT 2010


Nestor Gorojovsky (nmgoro at gmail.com) wrote on 2010-08-23 at 18:06:11 in  
about [Marxism] Israel, the Austro Hungarian Empire and South Africa (was 
Re: Is Israel an apartheid state?):
> 
> In the AHE, the German and Hungarian aristocrats lived off the 
> hyperexplotation of the -usually Slav- peasants in the Eastern fringes 
> of the Empire. The produce of this exploitation was large enough to 
> co-opt the German and Hungarian subordinate classes to the interests of 
> their highly reactionary aristocracies, and this is exactly why Bismark 
> decided to shrug off his back the South Eastern Germans in his Kleine 
> Deutschland crusade in 1866 and 1870 (he even considered leaving Bavaria 
> out of the new nation in the making, if the price of holding it within 
> the new Empire proved to be too high). He saw them as a great danger for 
> the German national unity. They were a dead weight, the Eastern landed 
> aristocracies were centrifugal to the general project, and he was 
> decided to impose the latter even at the price of splitting the "German" 
> unity.
 
  Just note that the "Prussian" aristocracy (i.e. the Hohenzollern-Brandenburg 
principality) had its power base also outside of Germany, i.e. in the parts of 
Poland ruled by the Hohenzollern. In that sense, "Prussia" was not at all 
different from the Habsburgs. They just turned out to be stronger and more 
able to dominate a maximized part of Germany. 


Cheers, 

Lüko Willms
Frankfurt, Germany
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