[Marxism] "US Policy on Russia" (from: POTUS in Pyongyang"

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at theplanet.net.au
Thu Jun 3 21:52:54 MDT 2004


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "LouPaulsen" <LouPaulsen at comcast.net>
> After the disaster of 1991, Russia as achieved some measure of economic
> consolidation - at a lower level - as a capitalist, nationalist,
> authoritarian state.  Isn't Russia therefore forced to attempt to be a
truly
> imperialist power?  Does this not
> inescapably force the US into competition with Russia
>Short of either a
> socialist revolution here, or the complete collapse of U.S. imperialist
> power, or a truly world-historic realignment of forces (US + Russia +
> Britain vs. all of the European Union, say), isn't US policy on Russia
> frozen somewhere between open hostility and veiled hostility for years to
> come?

But is it as simple as that for Russia to "attempt to be" an imperialist
country? Is the backward capitalism which ripped billions out of the country
able  to transform it into an imperialist country, understood in a Marxist
sense, in a decade or so? Perhaps the US would prefer no large capitalist
state is too powerful, but that's another question. At present, the major
investors in Russia are the US, Britain, France and Germany (along with
Cyprus). BP has bought a major concession in the Russian oil industry. One
of the Russian oil companies has a share in the US and UK sponsored
Baku-Tsibilisi-Turkey pipeline. Is it so much US competiton with
non-imperialist Russia, or competiton between the US and EU imperialist
countries, especially the Franc-German bloc, including competition over
Russian resources and oil and gas routes? It seems to me a danger to the US
and its continued domination of NATO would be the consolidation of a
continental Franco-German imperialist economic and military alliance with
Russia, via all the oil and gas pipelines feeding Europe directly from the
Caspian and central Asia via Russia without the need for US military
"protection".





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