[lbo-talk] Workers of Europe unite, you've only Euro chains to lose

Wojtek S wsoko52 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 08:25:33 PST 2011

But in such circumstances, the anti-imperialist struggles were typically led by the nascent national bourgeoisie hoping to step into their colonial masters' shoes. Nadine Gordimer portrays that rather well in her novel "A Guest of Honour" which I believe earned her the Nobel Prize. When the anti-imperialist struggle was actually led by the working class, e.g. the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s it was quashed by the joint effort of the local bourgeoisie and colonialists. Cambodia is even a more peculiar case - while the struggle had definitely an ant-imperialist character, its momentum was seized by peasant populists of petite bourgeois provenance led by Pol Pot and the outcome was the destruction of the urban classes - both the working class and the bourgeoisie.

It seems that the bourgeoisie is much better at organizing anti-imperialists struggles than the working class is.


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