Quotes by: C. L. R. James
|C. L. R. James
||Cyril Lionel Robert James
4 January 1901
||31 May 1989
||J. R. Johnson
||Historian, writer, socialist
||The Black Jacobins
Beyond a Boundary
Today we ought to be able to see first that Booker T. Washington faced a situation in which he was seeking desperately for a way out, and he could see no way out except capitulation.
First of all, Bolshevism represents revolution and the revolutionary struggle.
I had a national and international reputation. I had written the history and articles. So I brought to the Trotskyist movement some international reputation.
After World War I the resentment of the working class against all that it had to suffer was directed more against Morgan, Wall Street and private capital than the government.
I had formed a black movement, so I would speak for the Trotskyist movement and then walk about a hundred yards to where the black movement was speaking.
I was a Labour Party man but I found myself to the left of the Labour party in Nelson, militant as that was. I came to London and in a few months I was a Trotskyist.
Capitalism has socialized production. It has brought thousands of people together in the factory and involved them in new social relationships.
Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation.
The late development of mass industrial organization in the United States has both stimulated and retarded the political development of the American working class.
The international proletariat first appeared on the scene in the early Thirties of the nineteenth century, and its first great action was the French Revolution of 1848.
It is over one hundred years since the abolition of slavery. The Negro people in the United States have taken plenty and they have reached a stage where they have decided that they are not going to take any more.
The country has undergone a profound social upheaval, the greatest the proletariat has ever known.
My father was a teacher, and there were teachers all around, his friends, they were working for the Government and their behaviour was within strictly limited areas.
The home stands in contrast to all other capitalist institutions as the last stronghold of pre-capitalist isolation.
Du Bois marked a great stage in the history of Negro struggles when he said that Negroes could no longer accept the subordination which Booker T. Washington had preached.
One of the surest signs of the estimated changes in the consciousness of the American proletariat is to be found in the character of the demands now being put forward by the leadership.
It is not only that Germany has been defeated in the war, Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany was defeated.
The most striking development of the great depression of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary society among large sections of the American people.
The Paris Commune was first and foremost a democracy. The government was a body elected by universal suffrage.