[Marxism] Statement of solidarity with the Sudanese and Algerian Uprisings

jgreen at communistvoice.org jgreen at communistvoice.org
Sun Apr 28 15:17:22 MDT 2019

It's excellent that this statement appeared at this time. I've signed it, and also 
written in support on it on the Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice list (April 27):

Support the Sudanese and Algerian uprisings!

We reproduce below a statement of solidarity by many prominent leftists with the 
mass uprisings in Sudan and Algeria. It calls for people to learn more about these 
struggles and take part in solidarity actions supporting them. At a time when one 
struggle after another in the Arab Spring has been drowned in blood, the new 
upsurge in Sudan and Algeria has shown that the masses will never submit to 
tyranny. It's important to express solidarity with these struggles so as to help 
paralyze foreign intervention against them. And, in our view, another reason to 
support solidarity statements is to prevent these struggles from being denounced 
by sham "anti-imperialists" as the struggle against the Syrian dictator Assad has 
been denounced. 

So we wholeheartedly welcome this solidarity statement, although we have a 
somewhat different view of the perspective for these struggles than is put forward 
in this statement. It points to the important stand of the people of these countries 
that it isn't sufficient to get rid of "an individual figurehead", but that there has to 
the complete removal of the old regime. Very true. But the statement creates the 
impression that the overthrow of old regimes would mean the not just political 
liberation from dictatorship, but economic liberation as well. In our view, these 
important uprisings in Algeria and Sudan will, even if completely successful, only 
achieve some economic relief, but not economic liberation. These uprisings, if 
successful, will open the road for the working class to be able to organize itself in 
a wider and more profound fashion. It will be the start of an intensified class 
struggle, in which the working masses will struggle for their needs and for 
fundamental economic change. This is the path forward; there is no other. But it is 
a long path, and there will not be a decisive economic victory at the outset.

This was the perspective for the Arab Spring as well. We supported it 
unwaveringly from its beginning in 2011, both during the moments of inspiring 
success and in the long years of bloody setbacks as the old forces or dictatorship 
sought revenge. But we also pointed out, even at the beginning of the struggles, 
even during the moments of revolutionary euphoria, that even if these struggles 
were completely successful, they would not bring economic liberation. They were 
neither anti-imperialist struggles nor even very radical economically, and even if 
the old regimes were uprooted, the resulting regimes would likely be 
disappointing in many ways. This is because the democratic movement isn't the 
same as the socialist movement. And the forces behind this great democratic 
upsurge in the Middle East and North Africa were variegated in class composition, 
while the local working class movements had limited strength. Nevertheless the 
overthrow of the old dictators would lift a heavy weight from the backs of the 
working people, and open the way for further struggle. It would be a momentous 
occasion that would change the Middle East and North Africa and end the long 
stagnation of political life.

We put forward this perspective not to throw cold water on solidarity, but to 
encourage solidarity and to fight the doubts about the Middle Eastern and North 
African movements that were growing in the left. We said this not to inhibit 
economic demands in these movements, but to provide the best support for 
them. Not the theory of "permanent revolution", nor the idea that 
"self-organization" would immediately cast aside capitalism in one community at a 
time, but a realistic assessment of the class struggle would sustain support for 
these struggles. (See our articles from 2011 "Against left-wing doubts about the 
democratic movement" and "Leninism and the Arab Spring" [1].

 The same perspective is true for the struggles in Sudan and Algeria. The 
different economic interests in the opposition to the dictatorship, and the state of 
organization of the masses has to be taken into account. Just because the 
solidarity statement doesn't mention these issues directly, doesn't mean that they 
don't affect what happens in these countries and the world. Just because some 
political trends don't understand the difference between democratic and socialist 
movements, doesn't mean that this difference doesn't exist. And failure to 
understand it inhibits the development of the working class section of the 
democratic movement.

But the main point of this solidarity statement is to spread knowledge of the 
struggles in Sudan and Algeria and to build support for them. For that reason, this 
statement too deserves support. We believe that by discussing openly the 
differences in perspective among supporters of these struggles, we do more to 
advance solidarity then by covering them up. We also think it would have been 
better if the organizers of the statement were mentioned. But no matter, what's 
crucial is that the wide support from the left for these struggles be known. We are 
reproducing the statement below, with a list of signers.

Joseph Green, for the Communist Voice Organization

[1] See http://www.communistvoice.org/46cLeftWingDoubts.html and 
http://www.communistvoice.org/46cLeninism.html. <>

(The full text of the statement, the list of signers, and the link to sign the 
statement, appeared below this.) 

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