the communist manifest

anonymous asked:

After finally reading Communist Manifest I now understand your post about various socialists and the meaning of the word in different time


The Zodiacs as the APUSH Test

Aries-Communist Vietnam Tiger
Taurus-Manifest Destiny
Gemini-Student pack label
Cancer-Malcom X vs Martin Luther King Jr
Leo-The Reagan years
Virgo-50 minute short answers
Libra-The Progressive Movement
Scorpio-Value of Legislation
Sagittarius-Women’s rights DBQ
Capricorn-King Andrew Jackson
Aquarius-*phone buzzing the whole exam*
Pisces-Test O

No matter what economic policy the poor countries have pursued, they have had to see how their individual efforts to develop their economics have been checked by the conditions prevailing on the world market. The conditions of the world market cause the poor countries to sell their products at a low price and buy their imports at a high price. At a meeting of the Group of 77 in 1979, Julius Nyerere said:

Nations which have just freed themselves from colonialism and old countries in Latin America, have all inherited the same opinion from the prevailing Euro-American culture: “Work hard and you will become rich”. But gradually, we have all learned that hard work and wealth were not cause and effect. External forces always seemed to break the alleged connection! The so-called neutrality of the world market turned out to be the neutral relationship between the exploiter and the exploited, between a bird and its prey…. Even though we have not tried to do anything but to sell our traditional exports and buy our traditional imports, we can buy continuously less for continuously more of our hard work.

(J. K. Nyerere at a pre-UNCTAD V conference, translated from the Danish magazine Kontakt, no. 3, 1980-81.)

On the demand for a New Economic World Order Nyerere says:

… the complaint of poor nations against the present system is not only that we are poor, both in absolute terms and in comparison with the rich nations; it is that within the existing structure of economic interaction, we must remain poor and get relatively poorer. The poor nations of the world remain poor because they are poor and because they operate as if they were equals in a world dominated by the rich. The demand for a new international economic order is a way of saying that the poor nations must be enabled to develop themselves according to their own interests and to benefit from the efforts which they make.

(“The Plea of the Poor: new economic order needed for the world community”, in New Direction 4, October 1977; here quoted from Third World Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 3, p. 511.)

—  Unequal Exchange and the prospects of Socialism. Chapter V: The Possibilities of Socialism in a Divided World. By Communist Working Group. Manifest Press, 1986, 233 p., pp. 143-195