Communalism and Socialism in Africa
The Misdirection of C.L.R . James
Publisher: Revolutionary History
Year Published: 1989
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX10687
The theoretical confusion of the left when confronted with class struggles in backward societies goes back to the polemics in Russia before the revolution of 1917: an issue resolved in practice but leaving a legacy of theoretical confusion. The struggles for colonial independence were denied the insights that Marxism should have offered, Instead, mysticism prevailed and populist theories replaced scientific analysis.