Marx and race: a Eurocentric analysis?

by JBB last modified 2019-04-23T15:00:20-04:00
Ken Olende | International Socialism | Marx wrote at the very beginning of colonialism. He died in 1883, the year before the Berlin conference at which the European powers carved up Africa. In the end the question is not just whether Marx presented workers and peasants outside Europe as the agents of change in their own lives, but if Marxism allows them to find that role. The tradition of Marxism from below always looks to people as actors in their own story, whether they are protesting in Tahrir Square, Cairo in 2011; Syrian refugees pushing through the Macedonian border having crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 or West Indian migrants fighting for justice amid the Windrush Scandal in 2018. Marxism is a tool that can bring these ­different strands together in a way that other interpretations have not.

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