The world has profoundly changed in 15 years. We have left the hegemonic situation the United States inherited from the fall of the Eastern Bloc. The “unipolar” world, completely dominated by the American superpower and its servants is collapsing to make way for a multipolar world. The reemergence of “new” actors on the international scene (Russia, China, Iran) reshuffles the cards.
Two civilizational areas were dispossessed of their sovereignty, to certain different degrees: Europe and Africa. If the European states still conserve a facade of independence and the means to assure the relative maintenance of a state of law, Europe risks being the next victim of the policy of chaos required by capitalism in order to reinforce itself. The radicalization of neo-liberal hegemony implies government by crisis. Shattering the protective national framework of states is the first step in a new strategy of tension and shock which will have the consequence of creating a permanent instability suitable to deliver our continent to the voracity of the globalist oligarchy.
Africa was the laboratory for this policy. Since decolonization, everything was done to prevent the emergence of a true sovereignty in the countries of the dark continent. From Patrice Lumumba (killed in 1961) to Thomas Sankara (killed in 1987), they have assassinated the heroes of a properly African alternative in order to replace them with imperialist lackeys. The multinationals have pillaged the wealth of Africa and its thousand year old traditional culture has disappeared under the bulldozer of liberal globalization.
In the Clutches of Neo-Liberalism
Some will find that the link between the two situations is exaggerated. Comparisons are misleading, but do they know that the chains of debt which imprison the countries of Southern Europe, in particular Greece (1), were firstly set up in the countries of the Third World?
The IMF and the WTO enslaved African countries mercilessly. They perfected their methods there. Those who frightfully observe the start of land purchases in the French countryside by China and soon by the other great economic powers, should look at the situation in Africa … The destruction of African peasant agriculture for the profit of export plantations (European or Chinese products sold in the biggest market in black Africa, the Sandaga market in Dakar, are less expensive than local products), has overturned the identitarian structure of African countries, as industrial agriculture destroyed our peasantry.
The African migratory wave towards Europe is directly linked to this logic. Leaving the countryside to join the metropolises, the African migrants can only pour into Europe. Nothing is going to prevent that. Immigration destroys the countries of departure as much as the destination countries, only producing chaos and frustration. The frantic promotion of the globalized sub-cultural model (consumption, hi-tech, music, so-called “social” networks, etc …) is not foreign to the phenomenon of deracination whether in Europe or in Africa.
Europe – Africa: Same Fight!
Confronted with the same attacks, Europe and Africa have common interests. If they want to become independent and sovereign again, they must lead the same unified and revolutionary struggle of liberation on the scale of their respective continent.
Europeans and Africans must discard the burden that globalist “right thinking” imposes on them. We must leave behind blame and victimization. The executioners of today are the globalist oligarchy.
Post-colonial resentment by Africans or by Europeans regarding mass immigration, should not prevent us from seeing the convergence of interests. There are no contentions between the popular classes on both sides. The French peasants barely freed from the serfdom of the Ancien Régime had no benefit from the enslavement of their counterparts by the merchants of Bordeaux. The mine workers of the North of France had nothing to do with colonialism. The troops that they sent to shoot strikers or crush African kingdoms were well commissioned by the Republic (2).
Immigrant workers did not disembark by magic into our factories, and family reunification owes nothing to the knowledge of marabouts. On the contrary, it’s the employers who produced this demand from thin air. They pursue it today as it serves the interests of the dominant class just like imperialist domination in African countries.
Finding Its Own Way
We will certainly be treated as “Third Worldists” or simpletons, but we do not see the clash of civilizations that they try to sell us as an inevitability. We bet on intelligence and the convergence of interests. Obviously the race towards barbarism that we know on a global scale and the weakness of the forces that try to stop it both in Europe and in Africa leaves little place for optimism. But we want to sew seeds in the spirit that could grow in due time.
A difference must be made between solidarity with peoples in the struggle against globalist domination and the drift we find the in the “extremes” which we call “the sickness of substitute struggles.” Incapable of politically influencing their countries of origin, some individuals fantasize of exotic revolutions. This resignation before the demanding task of seriously leading the combat in their country, causes these people to discharge their frustrations on virtual territory from Nicaragua to Palestine, nationalist Ukraine to Donbass … Whatever camp they choose, they reveal themselves incapable of bringing concrete support to the cause that they are supposed to defend and now rant on the net. If we want to support the cause of the peoples, we must fight in Europe in order to be the masters of our destiny and become capable of supporting other peoples.
The European and African peoples must fight the same system on their respective continent. A policy of friendship whose reason and sentiment should be a basis of our external actions. They will benefit from knowing and sharing their reciprocal experiences in this respect. By shedding outdated ideological illusions, they will unmask their false allies (bien pensants, useful idiots of globalization, drawing room revolutionaries …) and will find the way towards the national and social liberation of their continent.
1) Furthermore, we must insist on the role of Germany, which which has crushed Greece and welcomed 1 million “refugees”, a good number of which passed through Greece.
2) The “right”, once hostile to colonization (“I’ve lost two sitsters [Alsace and Lorraine], and you offer me twenty domestic servants”; Paul Déroulède to Jules Ferry, 1881), opened the way to reverse colonization of the French homeland for economic reasons (docile labor). As for the”left,” which had historically extolled the merits of colonization (“Superior races have a right over inferior races”; Jules Ferry, July 28th 1885), it changed tack and started – oh the joys of repentance! – to flatter everything that came from elsewhere (culture enrichement, etc.). The responsibility of one or the other in the creeping rot of the country is unquestionable.