My first journey to the African continent began with pre-conceptions and notions about its economic presence on the world stage. The journey also began with the idea that perhaps a larger concentration of the international proletariat (and peasantry) would make the continent a strong base for transitioning the world’s predominant economic system. The economic conditions were as expected, which of course did not bring me the joy of being correct, though I think the knowledge gained was invaluable. I ask forgiveness in advance for generalizing continental conditions here, but from this point forward the term ‘Africa’ should be taken to encompass all areas that have a larger concentration of the proletariat.
Remember, Africa happens to be the world’s most exploited continent, the most disadvantaged and impoverished region of the world. Of course it should also be noted that South America is currently competing for that position in their shared global south, but is not likely to surpass Africa due to the growth of their petty-bourgeois populations. That is why the focus here will be on ‘Africa’. Africa is ripe for communist revolutions. Only through communist revolution can we seek to change the economic landscape of the world. And it seems that the most appropriate place to continue our struggle is within ‘Africa’.
National communist parties, especially those in nations experiencing the later stages of capitalism, such parties are mistaken and misdirected if they believe our primary struggle against capitalism lies within such nations. We do not seek to discount the existence of the proletariat within these economically advanced nations, for they surely do exist. But strip away arbitrary borders and boundaries, and the communists in these nations will still find themselves overwhelmed and outnumbered by larger populations of international bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeoisie than previously acknowledged. Perhaps terrorist tactics could suffice within these privileged nations to remind everyone of the struggle against capitalism, but the main effort for the economic transition of the world economy must begin in the most exploited nations of the world.
It is both interesting and inherently disheartening to see the spread of capitalism in the most exploited regions of the world. Yet at the same time, recognition of the conditions at hand make seem promising the potential there for economic transition. Economic disparity separates the African people from the handful of capitalist ventures within the continent to such a degree that there is minimal risking of the continentals converting to join the ranks of the petty-bourgeoisie, and instead are inclined to fight against capitalism. There is a huge disconnect between the international bourgeoisie and ‘Africa’ that naturally helps the continent defend against the pursuit of capital gain in most areas, especially those with a history of communal societies.
These areas are where communists are most likely to be successful on the international stage. With minimal growth of a petty-bourgeois population combined with the consequent ineffectiveness of bourgeois temptations, ‘Africa’ can be helped more than the word implies, becoming the spark that will spread the fire of communism and burn capitalism until it is nothing more than ashes. Again, dissociation from the pursuit of capital gain in ‘Africa’ makes representations of attempts at exploitation easy to distinguish from the natural state of the continent, transforming things like advertising billboards and European investment of capital into easily identifiable targets as starting points for striking out against capitalism. A communist education initiative started by our communist leaders, along with organizational or militaristic assistance from the international communist community could transform ‘Africa’ into a platform for screams against exploitation. Many African nations could easily transition to a socialist economy, even more easily with such assistance from the international communist community, spearheaded by our leaders. Such an outright rejection of capitalism should lead to encouragement in other nations to follow, growing the communist movement and helping to shield the world from capitalist exploitation.
I suppose the question here is not really, “Why Africa?” Or even, “Why not?”
What we should really be asking is, “How can I help?” And, “What are we waiting for?”
The conditions seem to be set. Could anybody tell me why it is taking so long to see our struggle succeed?