[Marxism] Re: Militant: 'Stop Bush' protests, marked by nationalism, aid British rulers
dwalters at marxists.org
dwalters at marxists.org
Sat Nov 29 23:13:09 MST 2003
Paul quotes the Militant:
< The success of the U.S. president's trip was
only reinforced by the anti-American, pro-British tone of the demonstrations
in the United Kingdom, organized by the Stop the War Coalition and other
forces around the theme "Stop Bush." Focusing their fire on the US
government and portraying Blair as a mere "puppet" of Washington, they
buttressed the nationalist framework of the British rulers' efforts to
assert their own imperialist interests in the world. >
"I don't think that this is wrong. Blair is a puppet of Bush, and in being so
he is fuelling a nationalistic anti-Americanism amongst all classes. There
have long been strands of anti-Americanism in Britain, based on all manner
of things, some important, some less important, some quite trivial, but all
able to be mobilised should the occasion arise."
And so? What do your perscribe? The attack on the US is 100% politically
correct, form both the immediate issue of the US occupation of Iraq to Britain
being a foil for the US within the conext of the EU capiitalist unificaiton.
I'm not sure what it is you object to here?
"British anti-Americanism revolves around the displacement of Britain by the
USA as the leading imperialist power, the perception by 'cultured' Britons
that the USA is run by 'uncultured' jumped-up colonials, the enduring
wartime quip about 'the Yanks being overpaid, oversexed and over here', the
last being popular amongst all walks of life, not least workers. Added to
this now is the feeling that Britain is getting absolutely nothing from
tail-ending Bush over Iraq, and that Blair is damaging British interests,
particularly in the Middle East and the Islamic world, by being too close to
the USA and not fully engaging in Europe."
"Clearly, none of this is progressive,..."
Yes, and it's all hog-wash. What we have here folks is Paul erecting a 'straw-
man', in the most bourgeois 'talkin-head' form....and it's totally bull. Not
ONE sector of the anti-war movement in the UK holds even ONE aspect of what is
appears to be this quaint, British culuturally defensive view...something akin
to some mens' clubs and the British version of talk-radio, but not by the
workers movement in general or the anti-war movement specifally. This sort of
anti-Americanism is for the tabloids, not the anti-war crowd...that Paul would
even project such nonsense should be rediculed here by all.
"...and, with trans-Atlantic economic and
political tensions increasing, and with Europe slowly becoming a more
coherent bloc, anti-Americanism can and almost certainly will be mobilised
by the sections of the British ruling class who wish to move from the
traditional British post-1945 Atlanticist approach towards joining
whole-heartedly the Europe bloc, which will promote its imperialist
interests at the expense of the USA."
Well gee, Paul, what's a communist to do? This sort of anti-Americanism exists
in part of the Liberal Party and the Tories, for sure. Again, so what? Who does
this dictate analysis of the British anti-war coalitions? To the degree that
the the British anti-war movement has NOT caved into to British chauvinism,
which it clearly has not (thousands of "British out of Iraq NOW!" signs
abundently makes this clear), then it's a mute issue...why raise it like a
mirror of The Militant?
"Blair's uncritical relationship with Bush is a very easy target in Britain.
Certainly, it must be attacked, but it must be done in a principled manner
that does not encourage British chauvinism."
As it has been...and probably to a much greater degree than sections of the
anti-war movement in the US, I might add. Regardless, The Militant's analysis
does little in terms of shedding light on imperialism or how to combat
it...it's a sterile analysis.
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