Re: [OPE] Anti-imperialism and nationalism

From: Paula <>
Date: Thu Dec 17 2009 - 17:42:02 EST

Dave wrote:
> It is not the Chinese nation ---
> including its peasants and workers --- that are in an oppressive relation
> with the Tibetan nation, but rather the Chinese state and ruling classes.
> They are fundamentally different concepts. Hence the concept of 'oppressor
> nation' accepts too much nationalist mythology.

I don't much like the concept of 'oppressor nation' myself, because it leads
to this kind of confusion. Clearly, if by 'nation' one means the entire
population of a country, then few nations are oppressor nations. Usually,
the state is indeed the main agency - while, thankfully, populations can in
principle oppose the oppressive policies of 'their' nation-states, and have
done so in practice many times.


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