Quebec nationalism

Alex Trotter uburoi at
Sun Oct 22 13:27:22 MDT 1995

As Luxemburg pointed out, movements like this, however 
"anti-imperialist" or "progressive," inevitably turn out to be 
mini-imperialisms of their own. Canada may be subordinate to American 
imperialism, but it too is an imperialist country, and if Quebec breaks 
away, then it steps on workers and native peoples. I doubt very much that 
the C.I.A. is losing any sleep over the possibility of "instability" 
resulting from Quebec separatism.
	I have friends in Quebec who have written some good stuff about 
this. They can be contacted at Demolition Derby, C.P. 1554, Succ. B, 
Montreal, PQ  H3B 3L2 CANADA. Their material is available in French as 
well as English.
	Concerning the struggles of native peoples: how does this fit 
into a marxist analysis or strategy? The Mohawks have the potential to 
create big problems for capital and the state on both sides of the 
border, in New York as well as Quebec. But theirs is not a working-class 
movement. Nor does it fit the model of "petit-bourgeois nationalism" with 
a Louis Farrakhan at the helm. Demands for sovereignty by Indians seem to 
be communitarian rather than class-based; indeed, they could call into 
question not just capitalism but civilization itself (see, once again, 
the "Ethnological Notebooks").
	If Karl Marx were alive today, he would most definitely be on the 
side of the Iroquois.


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