THE majority of the persons at this conference have been discussing economic development as an end and not as a means. But for a people who are part of the world revolutionary force which is struggling to free itself from the yoke of capitalist development, economic development can only be seen as a means to an end. And what is it a means to?
It is a means to end racism, to end capitalism, to end imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism. It is a means to establish the new society which four-fifths of mankind is presently struggling to make a reality.
If we do not see economic development as being the means to this end, we could very well be putting ourselves in a position to be bought off, just as the white working class and the labor movement was bought off during the course of the past thirty years. If we do not see economic development as being the means to this end, then we are treading on treasonous ground. We are betraying our brothers in Angola, Mozambique, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bolivia, and Guatemala if we think that we can attend a conference and talk about the question of economic development in this country without also talking about the economic development of every country in the world in which our brothers live. What affects our brothers anywhere in the world affects us, too. And the reverse is equally true.____________________