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Screenshot_2016-01-15-04-01-21-1Nkrumah words remain relevant to an awakening generation of revolutionaries This is why I have taken the time to share 30 of his quotes below Class Struggle in Africa.

1- Workers are workers, and nationality, race, tribe and religion are irrelevancies in the struggle to achieve socialism.

2- In Africa there should be no African “alien”. All are Africans. The enemy-wall to be brought down and crushed is not the African “alien” worker but Balkanisation and the artificial territorial boundaries created by imperialism.

3- It is the task of the African urban proletariat to win the peasantry to revolution by taking the revolution to the countryside.

4-It is the indigenous bourgeoisie who provide the main means by which international monopoly finance continues to plunder and to frustrate the purposes of the African Revolution.

5-The exposure and the defeat of the African bourgeoisie, therefore, provides the key to the successful accomplishment of the worker-peasant struggle to achieve total liberation and socialism, and to advance the cause of the entire world socialist revolution.

6-Colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism are expressions of capitalism and of bourgeois economic and political aspirations.

7-There is not one country in Africa today where the political consciousness of the worker-peasant class has resulted in the establishment of of a socialist state.

8-The worker-peasant class even though it has assisted in the winning of independence, has not yet assumed leadership in Africa as a conscious class

. 9-Imperialist aggression has expressed itself not only in coups d’état, but in the assassination of revolutionary leaders, and the setting up of new intelligence organisations.

10-As long as African States continue to be dependent in any degree for training, and for arms and supplies on capitalist sources, the African Revolution is in jeopardy.

11- Historically, professional armies of the capitalist world have a tradition of suppression of socialist and revolutionary movements. They are the instruments of the ruling class or classes for maintaining bourgeois power.

12-There is little justification for the enormous sums of money spent on the armies of Africa. Africa is not threatened territorially by any outside power. The border disputes which exist between certain African States, most of them legacies from the colonial period, are all capable of peaceful resolution.

13- Inequality can only be ended by the abolition of classes.

14- Ideologies reflect class interests and class consciousness. Liberalism, individualism, elitism, and bourgeois “democracy” – which is an illusion – are examples of bourgeois ideology. Fascism, imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism are also expressions of bourgeois thinking and of bourgeois political and economic aspirations.

15-Those who for political reasons pay lip service to socialism, while aiding and abetting imperialism and neocolonialism, serve bourgeois interests. Workers and peasants may be misled for a time, but as class consciousness develops the bogus socialists are exposed, and genuine socialist revolution is made possible.

16- The principles of scientific socialism are universal and abiding, and involve the genuine socialisation of productive and distributive processes.

17- For race is inextricably linked with class exploitation, in a racist-capitalist power structure, capitalist exploitation and race oppression are complementary; the removal of one ensures the removal of the other.

18- A non-racial society can only be achieved by socialist revolutionary action of the masses. It will never come as a gift of the minority ruling class.

19- Elitism is an ideology tailor-made to fit capitalism and bourgeois de facto domination in the capitalist society. Furthermore, it intensifies racism, since it can be used to subscribe to the myth of racial superiority and inferiority.

20- In general, intellectuals with working class origins tend to be more radical than those from the privileged sectors of society.

21- Intelligentsia and intellectuals, if they are to play a part in the African Revolution, must become conscious of the class struggle in Africa, and align themselves with the oppressed masses. This involves the difficult, but not impossible, task of cutting themselves free from bourgeois attitudes and ideologies imbibed as a result of colonialist education and propaganda.

22- Socialist revolutionary struggle, whether in the form of political, economic or military action, can be ultimately effective if it is organised, and it has its roots in the class struggle of workers and peasants.

23- The total liberation and the unification of Africa under an All-African socialist government must be the objective of all Black revolutionaries throughout the world.

24- The core of the Black Revolution is in Africa, and until Africa is united under a socialist government, the Black man throughout the world lacks a national home.

25- It is around the African peoples’ struggles for liberation and unification that African or Black culture will take shape and substance.

26- The African Revolution is not an isolated one. It not only forms part of the world socialist revolution, but must be seen in the context of the Black Revolution as a whole.

27- Socialism can only be achieved through class struggle.

28- In Africa, the internal enemy – the reactionary bourgeoisie – must be exposed as exploiters and parasites, and as collaborators with imperialists and neo-colonialists on whom they largely depend for the maintenance of their positions of power and privilege.

29- The rural proletariat are workers in the Marxist sense of the word. They are part of the working class and the most revolutionary of the African rural strata.

30- The basis of a revolution is created when the organic structure and conditions within a given society have aroused mass consent and mass desire for positive action to change or transform that society.

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