Lenin on the Revolutionary Potential of the Colonies & Neo-Colonies

“I should also like to emphasize here the importance of the movement in the colonies. In this respect we witness in all the old parties of the Second and Two-and-a-Half Internationals the survivals of old sentimental conceptions–there is much sympathy for the oppressed peoples of the colonies and semi-colonies. The movement in the colonies is still regarded as an insignificant national and completely peaceful movement. However, that is not the case. For great changes have taken place in this respect since the beginning of the twentieth century, namely, millions and hundreds of millions — actually the overwhelming majority of the world’s population — are now coming out as an independent and active revolutionary factor. And it should be perfectly clear that in the coming decisive battles of the world revolution, this movement of the majority of the world’s population, originally aimed at national liberation, will turn against capitalism and imperialism and will, perhaps, play a much more revolutionary role than we have been led to expect.”

–Lenin, “Tactics of the Russian Communist Party, Report to the Third Congress of the Communist International” (July 5 1921)

“In the last analysis, the outcome of the struggle will be determined by the fact that Russia, India, China, etc., account for the overwhelming majority of the population of the globe.”

–Lenin, “Better Fewer, But Better,” March 2, 1923

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