RIP AMIRI BARAKA, ARTICLE ON NATIONALISM, SELF DETERMINATION AND SOCIALIST REVOLUTION

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Nationalism, Self-Determination and Socialist Revolution

First Published: The Black Nation, Fall/Winter 1982.
Forward, published by the League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L).
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba

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Forward Note: In the following article Amiri Baraka addresses the topics of nationalism, national consciousness and internationalism. This essay originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 1982 issue of The Black Nation. Forward is reprinting this because these topics are of continuing importance for the progressive movement in the US.

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Although the right of Self-Determination is a democratic demand, a political reform, obviously it must be upheld by people calling themselves Marxists. Lenin said, social democrats who refuse to uphold the right of Self-Determination should be denounced as social imperialists and scoundrels.

The reason for this is that how can one be fighting for socialism and not even uphold democracy? But also it is part of…

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