[Marxism] Counterpunch joins the pro-Assad brigades

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 5 06:22:46 MDT 2011

On 8/5/11 12:15 AM, Mark Lause wrote:

> This strikes me as, essentially, a strange kind of lesser-evilism that
> blinds itself to state-sanctioned slaughter by persuading itself that it
> would entail support for a rival state-sanctioned slaughter.

This is exactly what it is. It is the same logic that compels the CP to 
urge a vote for Obama in 2012 because Palin is so evil applied to the 
rest of the world. You have to hold your nose and back Qaddafi, Mugabe, 
Ahmadinejad or al-Assad because the alternative is so evil. It is no 
accident given the ideological affinity that Sam Marcy had with the CP. 
And you certainly know where Cockburn was coming from with his cheering 
on of Russian intervention in Afghanistan. In methodological terms, it 
is an inability to defend the independent class interests of workers. It 
is the reason you will find oceans of ink about how the West is 
threatening Mugabe but not a word about socialists being jailed for 
watching a video about the Arab Spring.

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