[Marxism] Libya's spectacular revolution has been disgraced by racism
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Tue Aug 30 14:50:22 MDT 2011
On 30/08/2011 21:34, Steven L. Robinson wrote:
> Well, the American leadership had no intention of becoming French puppets. Can you say with the same absolute certainty that the Libyans do not have similar aspirations as the Americans did in 1783?
You insist on pursuing this ridiculous angle? Well, then, let me put it
1) America had a completed revolution, and Libya did not. In Libya, the
revolutionary process was effectively defeated by mid-March, crushed by
Qadhafi's military superiority. Once that had happened, the bourgeois
opposition leadership had limited options, one of which was to be the
supplicants of much more powerful external forces. That is, the Libyan
leadership adopted an alliance with imperialism not as a temporary boost
to a revolutionary process, but in lieu of a revolutionary process.
2) As a result, the leadership of the Libyan opposition already are
'puppets', inasmuch as that term has meaning. They are subordinate to
external powers in a way that the American revolutionaries never were.
They have not made a single advance since mid-March that was not
prepared by NATO bombing, special forces movements, and intelligence
operations. Their international recognition owes itself not to their
independent conquest of power, but to their dependent relationship with
external powers. Their ability to trade oil and function as a viable
material force depended on overseas powers. In that light, what they
intend isn't strictly relevant if the decision has already been made to
I suppose next we'll get the one about the Kaiser and the trains.
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