Monday, May 21, 2007

National Liberation

Although we would not accept everything said in this article by K. David Mafabi , a Ugandan journalist , about national liberation , he has a number of observations which may be worth while high-lighting .

"..Another fundamental challenge for the national liberation movement in power is the specific policies to adopt in the management of both politics and the economy. Being circumspect about neo-liberalism is not the same thing as throwing out capitalism ...

...In the former Soviet Union, after the initial radical measures aimed at creating a socialist economy in 1917, V.I. Lenin had to step back and put a number of capitalist measures in place under the famous New Economic Policy to try and save the socialist revolution. This, today, is the essence of the project of building "socialism with Chinese characteristics," which started in 1978...

... The national liberation movement in Africa is of course not about socialist construction. It is about national liberation, where the development of capitalist relations of production and a home market for agriculture, industry and services would give a fundamental boost to national integration..."

All we can add to this is what Karl Marx once wrote :-

"The different states of the different civilised countries, in spite of their motley diversity of form, all have this in common, they are based on modern bourgeois society, only one more or less capitalistically developed" - Critique of the Gotha Programme

And that :-

"...the emancipation of labour is neither a local nor a national but a social problem, embracing all countries in which modern society exists, and depending for its solution on the concurrence, practical and theoretical, of the most advanced countries" - IWMA Rules

Capitalism is a universal and cosmopolitan phenomenon so also are the working class. The working class cannot emancipate itself nationally.

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