Some Notes on the European Labor Aristocracy: undefined
The Gwangju Massacre began on May 18, 1980
with the explicit involvement of u.$. imperialism, President Jimmy Carter, and amerika’s support of its fascist puppet Chun Doo-hwan.
Long Live The Martyrs of Gwangju!
However it goes further than a knee-jerk
opposition to Third Worldist programmatics into the domain of the actual
theoretical perspective of Workers World Party-type Marxist-Leninists.
These self-labelled revolutionaries would, and quite often do when
confronted directly in debate, argue that it would be an absolute
injustice to the white worker to make a call for the return of land. In
essence, theirs is a theory and philosophy that requires as one of its
fundamental premises the always-already genocide and dispossession of
Indigenous nations and the emptying out of Turtle Island. They require
this fundamentally as the ground on which to build their new
socialist/communist society. They radically (in the sense of getting to
the root) cannot enact their vision of “revolutionary” socialist change
without prefigurative anti-Indigenous violence.
This is why, hand-in-hand with their
rejection of Third Worldist political economy, they reject the critique
of settler colonialism as (as put by the late Patrick Wolfe) a
structure, not an event. They may talk about settler colonialism (and in
this regard modern north amerikan Maoists are almost always better than
Marxist-Leninists like the Workers World Party) but implicit within
their theoretical treatment of the subject is the understanding that
settler colonialism is only (one might even say merely) an onto-historical event that can and must be understood only as history and legacy. Indeed this kind of thinking about “the history of settler-colonialism and its legacy of racism” is explicitly made twice within comrade Mond’s article.
This kind of perspective, which sees settler colonialism only as historical event, fails to grasp the material fact that settler colonialism is an ongoing structuring process—not
only as one of central foundations (along with the ongoing theory and
practice of antiblackness and slavery/enslavability) of north amerikan
capitalism but of the entire modern/colonial/capitalist world-system—a
process that drives towards the elimination of Indigenous people and
the continued dispossession of our lands. It is not merely a fact of
history who’s residual legacy is racism. The difference between
understanding settler colonialism as ongoing, living, breathing
eliminative anti-Indigenous violence continuously enacted by the settler
on Indigenous lands, nations and bodies versus it merely being a
question of histories and legacies has profound impact on how one
understands the current juncture and the growing calls for
decolonization within our Indigenous Liberation Movement and those of
our closest allies.
Further, the rejection of settler
colonial critique and of Third Worldist political economy by
Marxist-Leninists and Maoists is hard, if not impossible, to separate
from the idea that it would be an injustice imposed upon the white north
amerikan worker to return Indigenous land and to smash global
imperialist parasitism. This is because at the uninterrogated heart of
their worldview is the idea that it is fundamentally just for the white worker to have not only what they already do, but to have more.
Indeed the essential injustice of the capitalist system is precisely
that they do not have more. Thus, because of the ineluctable link
between what the white worker has, as well as their potential to
accumulate more, and the processes of ongoing Indigenous genocide and
dispossession, the ongoing theory and practice of antiblackness and
enslavibility, and the ongoing parasitism of the imperialist nations on
the colonized world it is injustice to call for those structures to be overturned in the most revolutionary fashion possible.
This is white power chauvinism in the raw.
The u.$. has an extensive track record of using ROK’s government to facilitate kidnapping and trafficking thousands of DPRK citizens, and women from South East Asia who are forced into sex work in “juicy bars” outside u.$. military bases in ROK.
The number of Filipinas forced into prostitution for the u.$. military colonialist presence in
ROK increased by more than 1000% from 1994 to 2002 (250 women to 3000).
Nearly all of them say they were victims of trafficking.