marți, 21 iulie 2015

The 'bourgeoisiefied' British and other Euramerican working class is the domestic class ally of imperialism

"The 'bourgeoisiefied' British and other Euramerican working class is the domestic class ally of imperialism. [...] The imperialist proletariat and the semi-colonial bourgeoisie are the two class allies of the capitalist-imperialist class."
(from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 11 January 1980 to Ernest Mandel)
"Regarding the article on the South African Student boycott and strikes: its reportage was fair, except that it missed the failure of the police attempt to use 'skollies' and 'tsotsis' (lumpens, in a way) to divert the struggle of the people. Its attempt was scotched by the high level of consciousness of the workers in the Cape on the question of Non-European unity (thanks to long and continued work, to this day, by the Non-European Unity Movement people and to NO other tendency). The article talks of the relatively low political consciousness in S. Africa but, good heavens, it is much, much higher than that of the politically backward European and N. American workers! Why this implicit chauvinism?...
The article ends up with the advice that the European and USA workers should 'systematise' their 'aid' for the African unions in South Africa. The Lord save us from this! We had it from Motherwell in 1928 (H.J. and their Ballingers smashed the great Non-European union, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union)..."
(from Hosea Jaffe's letter of 24 October 1980 to Ernest Mandel)


"[...] To tell the workers in the handful of rich countries where life is easier, thanks to imperialist pillage, that they must be afraid of “too great” impoverishment, is counter-revolutionary. It is the reverse that they should be told. The labour aristocracy that is afraid of sacrifices, afraid of “too great” impoverishment during the revolutionary struggle, cannot belong to the Party. Otherwise the dictatorship is impossible, especially in West-European countries." - V.I Lenin

(Source: "The Second Congress of the Communist International, 1. Report On The International Situation And The Fundamental Tasks Of The Communist International - July 19". Available to read here: https://www.marxists.org/arc.../lenin/works/1920/jul/x03.htm)



"The English proletariat is becoming more and more bourgeois, so that this most bourgeois of all nations is apparently aiming ultimately at the possession of a bourgeois aristocracy, and a bourgeois proletariat as well as a bourgeoisie. For a nation which exploits the whole world, this is, of course, to a certain extent justifiable.” and “You ask me what the English workers think about colonial policy? Well exactly the same as they think about politics in general. There is no workers’ party here, there are only Conservatives and Liberal Radicals, and the workers merrily share the feast of England’s monopoly of the colonies and the world market.” - Friedrich Engels 

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