marți, 21 iulie 2015

Fight, reject, boycott the European Union

We must FIGHT, REJECT, BOYCOTT the European Economic Community. Socialism is not an "alternative" to the European Economic Community, but can only be built on the ruins of the European Economic Community. We must reject it and go to the workers with this message, in their interests as well as those of the African victims (46 states) of the Lomé Convention. (from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 29 May 1976 to Ernest Mandel)

Our second difference: EUROPEANISM and not just the European Economic Community. It is unfair to suggest that if one is anti-EEC one is pro one's own national imperialism. On the contrary, the European Economic Community itself encourages this chauvinism and the anti-EEC fight is not for this or that privilege inside the EEC but FOR ITS ABOLITION. To say the least, this is the worst time to talk about any kind of United States of Europe. Lenin, at one stage, REJECTED the slogan of a Socialist United States of Europe. Since then there has been Hitler and then the European Economic Community and the idea is WORSE now, not better... (from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 2 June 1976 to Ernest Mandel)

We expect the workers in the European countries to ally themselves with the colonial toilers and to join the bloc of Workers States already existing, and not aim at a new bloc of European socialist states, which is, objectively, a social-chauvinist illusion in our present epoch of "late imperialism". (from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 2 June 1976 to Ernest Mandel)

To raise the United States of Europe slogan today is to replace the call "Workers of the World Unite" with the call "White workers of the World Unite". (from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 21 November 1977 to Ernest Mandel)

The main and only historical oppressor in the capitalist world is: IMPERIALISM. Nationally, this includes: North America, Western Europe, Japan, Australasia, South Africa, Israel and European settlers in South and Central America. These are national oppressors. They are also racist oppressors. (from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 10 March 1978 to Ernest Mandel)

The Western European proletariat is reactionary, because it is corrupted by imperialist super-profits and limiting its struggles to economism. The Japanese proletariat is obviously in the same category (it has conducted even less anti-imperialist struggles than the Western European ones). The North American proletariat is the most reactionary of all. The Eastern European proletariat is also reactionary, as it has the tendency to involve itself in pro-imperialist mass uprisings and insurrections (East Germany 1953, Hungary and Poland 1956, Czechoslovakia 1968, Poland 1970, not to speak of Yugoslavia). The most important sectors of the Latin-American proletariat (Argentine, Brazil) are settlers and therefore reactionary too.
This can only lead to one key conclusion: socialist world revolution is not on the agenda for a long time. First there will be a stage of national liberation in the colonies, the only genuine struggle going on in the world today. After many decades, there could be some socialism on the agenda.
Some proletariats are so reactionary or hidebound that socialism cannot come to them via a revolution but via a foreign blessing.
(from Hosea Jaffe's letter of November 21, 1977, to Ernest Mandel)

What is the United Socialist States of Europe but a left-wing version of the imperialist multi-national EEC (the European Economic Community)? It is European social-chauvinism. The unity of French and German workers is irrelevant - it will only make the French as bad as the Germans, at present anyway. (from Hosea Jaffe's letter of November 21, 1977, to Ernest Mandel)

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