Yes, US Patriotism is Reactionary

Recently there were polemics exchanged between Joe Sims of the CPUSA national staff and the Southern California branch of the Young Communist League, on the matter of patriotism and the national question in the US. Comrades in the YCL had released a post on July 4th(No Room For Patriotism in Capitalism-Imperialism-Colonialism) in which they denounced US patriotism as the reactionary patriotism of white supremacist, settler-colonial imperialism. Joe Sims responded to the YCL (Some Thoughts on Patriotism, The National Question and the Leninist Tradition) in which he proved his failure to understand the national question in the US. The YCL comrades responded (Response To Joe Sims’ Open Letter), maintaining a consistency in their correct analysis of the social relationships that define US society in opposition to the objectively white chauvinist line of Joe Sims/the CPUSA.

We unite with the analysis presented by our comrades in the YCL. There is no “American nation” with mere racial inequalities, as Joe Sims would like to fantasize. The US is a prison house of nations, created by European settlers whNational-Occupy-Day-in-Support-of-Prisoners-022012-by-Kevin-Rashid-Johnson-web1o colonized the continent and subjected other peoples to oppression and domination of genocidal proportions in the capitalist class structure. The American Revolution was not merely a bourgeois democratic revolution, but the bourgeois democratic revolution of a settler colonial nation that subjected kidnapped Africans to slavery and nearly exterminated the indigenous people to steal their land. The Euro-American bourgeoisie would come to look outside the borders of the US as it became an imperialist bourgeoisie on the basis of finance capital, eventually taking as its colonial possessions Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and exploiting many other nations through semicolonial or neocolonial means.

 

US imperialism holds nations captive within its borders as internal colonies (The Afro-American nation, the Chicano nation and the First Nations), as well as there are oppressed communities of national minorities who are here because of imperialism. The recent rebellion in Ferguson testifies to this fact, as the repressive apparatuses of the white supremacist state turned the city into a war zone; Black communities are occupied by the armed agents of the white supremacist, bourgeois state. Just because a Black man occupies the highest position of the imperial polity does not change these historical facts, for in fact Obama is the black representative of white finance capital.

Oppressed nationalities have nothing to celebrate on the 4th of July. Revolution in the US must be a war led by oppressed people to undo the America that Joe Sims is so fond of. The dictatorship of the white supremacist bourgeoisie can only be broken by the offensive of a proletarian movement placing the liberation of oppressed nationalities at the forefront of revolution. More power to all revolutionary youth challenging revisionist and white chauvinist politics!

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