Why Washington Wants Afghanistan
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 18 07:52:02 MDT 2001
>Well, reasonable Marxists might differ on this point. And it's an important
>point. We should look at it. Is the Russian bourgeoisie a dependent
>comprador bourgeoisie now - in which case Putin is going to act pretty much
>like an imperialist puppet - or is it attempting to stand independently and
>attempt to break into the ranks of the imperialists? We are still dealing
>with trends, but I think the trend is more the latter. Otherwise why did
>Putin make a defense pact with China?
If this was such a threat to the status quo, I am sure we would have heard
about it already. Of far more interest is the Chinese Communist Party's
willingness to accept capitalists into membership. In any case, I for one
am not interested in a Gaullist development in Russia. I am interested in
>I was reading an article yesterday on
>the Russian stock market - I think it was in Forbes - which argued that the
>Russian capitalist enterprises are acting more like real companies now and
>are actually paying dividends, rather than just serving as conduits for
Let's all sing the "International".
>And how weak is a weak state with nuclear weapons? How weak is
>Russia? Is it stronger than, say, the Netherlands? France?
Pretty soon, with the diffusion of technology from the former Soviet Union
alluded to by Mark Jones, Monaco will have the H-Bomb.
>I think the trend is toward more independence rather than less, but that's
>my personal opinion, and I'm happy to hear arguments the other way.
We do not need independence. We need socialist revolution.
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