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While that appealed to Black nationalists of the time, Fanon argued further in his dialectical presentation that such self-consciousness and self-awareness did not mean looking inward or closing oneself off, either individually or as a people. Instead, he concluded, consciousness of self, what Hegel would have called a particular or singular factor, was what under revolutionary conditions could move us from the particular to the universal of human brotherhood and sisterhood. Here is how Fanon famously put it, in that beautiful dialectical language with which he concludes Wretched of the Earth :.
The consciousness of self is not the closing of a door to communication. Philosophic thought teaches us, on the contrary, that it is its guarantee.
National consciousness, which is not nationalism, is the only thing that will give us an international dimension. Sometimes, as I have tried to show in Marx at the Margins , Marx saw the pathway to class consciousness and to proletarian revolution as not direct but indirect. Take the British workers of the s. As Marx saw it, by the s, they had become so imbued with condescension, actually racism, toward the Irish — both the Irish minority inside the British working class and the people of Ireland itself, then a British colony — that they too often identified with the British ruling classes.
In all the big industrial centers in England , there is profound antagonism between the Irish proletarian and the English proletarian. The common English worker hates the Irish worker as a competitor who lowers wages and the standard of life. He feels national and religious antipathies for him.
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He views him similarly to how the poor whites of the Southern states of North America viewed black slaves. This antagonism among the proletarians of England is artificially nourished and kept up by the bourgeoisie. It knows that this split is the true secret of the preservation of its power. Note his comparison to race relations in the U. Was such an impasse — whether in the U. Not according to Marx. Marx believed that an Irish revolution liberating that country from colonialism could break the impasse, not only freeing Ireland of British colonialism, but also opening up new possibilities inside Britain itself.
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For a long time, I believed it would be possible to overthrow the Irish regime by English working class ascendancy. I always took this viewpoint in the New York Tribune. Deeper study has now convinced me of the opposite. The English working class will never accomplish anything before it has got rid of Ireland. The lever must be applied in Ireland. This is why the Irish question is so important for the social movement in general.
MECW This aspiration — for a linkage between anti-imperialist movements and the labor movements of the imperialist countries — was crucial during the twentieth century and remains important today.
An dramatic example of such a linkage is what happened in France in the s and s, after first the Vietnamese and then the Algerians wrested their independence from French colonialism. But by the s, new networks inside France that supported the Algerian revolution, which were rooted in a new generation and youth and radical intellectuals like Jean-Paul Sartre, began to blossom. They persisted, even in the face of assassination attempts including one on Sartre , a type of violence the Algerian immigrant community inside France faced in an even starker fashion.
Once Algeria became independent in , France seemed to return to conservative domination for a few years. But in fact, the new mentalities created by the Algerian revolution, as well as the networks of support that had been created for it in France, which helped form a Left considerably to the Left of the reformist and opportunist French Communist Party, played no small role in the explosion of , the most serious revolutionary upsurge in a developed capitalist country since the early 20th century.
Of course, an uncritical Third Worldism sometimes accompanied these developments; nor were the Algeria support networks the only revolutionary networks that had existed prior to For here one should mention both Socialisme ou Barbarie and the Situationist International, but it should also be noted that if one were to collect the writings of either of these 2 groups on Algeria or the anti-colonial movements more generally, that would be a very short pamphlet indeed.
Somewhat similar libertarian Marxist currents in the U. James or the Marxist-Humanists around Raya Dunayevskaya, the latter of which I have been involved in since the s, did respond seriously to the anti-colonial and anti-racist movements, however.
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During the Civil War in the U. Although these writings have received attention in the U. Du Bois cited them in his Black Reconstruction in , followed soon after by a translation of most of them in the volume Marx and Engels on the Civil War in the United States in , unfortunately out of print today, they have received far less discussion than might have been expected. Marx viewed the Civil War as a second American revolution, with a socioeconomic as well as a political dimension. He expressed these sentiments in the preface to Vol. Of course, he saw the Civil War as a bourgeois democratic rather than a communist revolution, but he also believed that it could be the harbinger of that deeper communist revolution in Europe.
And as it happened, the Paris Commune, a radical communist revolution, did break out in Europe only a few years after the end of the Civil War. Thus, the war would create new possibilities for American labor, both Black and white. The Civil War had important economic as well as political implications for Marx. It would do so not only by defeating the reactionary secessionists of the South, but also by abolishing slavery. The latter measure would result in formal freedom for a substantial part of the U. And while the vote for women was also posed in the U.
We should not forget as well that in , virtually all of Europe was ruled by monarchies or military regimes, and even those countries with strong parliaments, like Britain, had property requirements for voting that disenfranchised the working classes and even large portions of the middle classes. The dominant classes of these societies tended to disparage the U. The Civil War also had — Marx wrote — huge economic implications concerning land and property. Given the vast and growing size of the U. Another economic aspect concerned landed property in the South. Marx shared the hope of abolitionists and Radical Republicans—and of socialists more generally — that in the occupied South the postwar Reconstruction policies would go beyond the establishment of full political rights for the former slaves and toward a real agrarian revolution that would break up the old slave plantations and redistribute the land.
For example, in the preface to Capital , Marx alluded to the Radical Republican program of granting forty acres and a mule to the freed slaves. Marx strongly supported the North, even at the beginning of the war when Lincoln still refused to place the abolition of slavery on the agenda. At the same time, Marx issued strong public criticisms of Lincoln. These networks mobilized people on behalf of the North during the crucial early years of the war when Britain and France seemed to threaten intervention on the side of the South.
In January , after Lincoln had not only issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but begun to employ Black troops in the Union Army, the International sent a public Address to Lincoln drafted by Marx, congratulating him on his overwhelming victory in the election. As Marx pointed out privately, this election victory, unlike the one in , amounted to a ringing endorsement of the politics of emancipation.
The U. Not only did U. Minister to Britain Charles Francis Adams agree to receive a member delegation from the International to deliver the address. It included an all-too-accurate warning about racism and resistance down the road in the U. Permit us also to add a word of counsel for the future. As injustice to a section of your people has produced such direful results, let that cease.
Let your citizens of to-day be declared free and equal, without reserve. The eyes of Europe and the world are fixed upon your efforts at re-construction, and enemies are ever ready to sound the knell of the downfall of republican institutions when the slightest chance is given.
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Although Marx did not pen this Address, it is very doubtful that he would have disagreed with this statement of the International, in which his political influence was decisive. The theme of race and class in relation to the specific situation facing labor in the U. This theme can also be found in a passage in Capital that has also been frequently overlooked:. Labor in a white skin cannot emancipate itself where it is branded in a black skin.
However, a new life immediately arose from the death of slavery. The first fruit of the American Civil War was the eight hours agitation, which ran from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from New England to California, with the seven-league boots of a locomotive.
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