[Marxism] The Belarus Formula

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jul 12 13:46:10 MDT 2011

Yes, I know, the title of this post sounds like it’s a review of 
one of those spy novels you see in airport newsstands that have 
something on the back cover like “Soon to be a major motion 
picture starring Matt Damon...” But this not what it is about. 
Instead it is about a formulaic way of thinking about Belarus and 
a whole host of other countries run by dictators that the American 
ruling class demonizes. In my view a whole section of the left 
that seems more interested in “anti-imperialism” than socialism 
tends to give the rulers of such countries more credit than they 
deserve. If you can’t tell the difference between an Ahmadinejad 
and a Fidel Castro, then what is the point in calling yourself a 


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