[Marxism] Libya's spectacular revolution has been disgraced by racism

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 14:39:35 MDT 2011

Whether or not a revolution was "hijacked" isn't so bloody straightforward.
It all depends on which revolutionaries you ask, doesn't it?

In terms of race and racism, the American Revolution certainly involved the
initiation (or resumption) of the ethnic cleansing that continued for
generation.  Was the revolution hi-jacked?  Not from the perspective of
those revolutionaries who were motivated mostly by the desire for western
expansion and the elimination of the British officialdom with its
proclamation line of 17634.  On the other hand, this isn't the sort of thing
that mobilized and inspired the people back in Boston, who had their own
ideas of the liberty and independence for which they struggled.  From their
perspective, the revolution was hi-jacked.l

No revolution is free from this sort of thing, except those pristine
processes we imagine.

As to Steven's point, whether some of "the Libyans" may expect to become
French puppets hardly settles the question.

Things are still up in the air.  We have to think more like Marxists about
these things and less like a bunch of damned western consumers looking for
instant gratification.  :-)


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