[Marxism] Putin and the Far right

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 2 13:49:32 MDT 2014

On 4/2/14 2:50 PM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> Louis and others, perhaps including yourself, believe that we do,
> having idealized the Euromaidan as a class movement rather than an
> ethnocentric one dominated by right-wing nationalists inviting
> confrontation with Russia and the Russian-speaking Ukrainian
> provinces in the east.

I have not "idealized" Euromaidan as a "class movement". To me it is in 
the same mold as the original "Orange Revolution" or the "Green 
Revolution" in Iran that too were labeled at the time as CIA/NATO/George 
Soros plots. As I tried to explain, I no longer see such revolts in the 
same fashion. Such peoples will look for help from wherever it is 
available. I saw "Return to Homs" the other day, a great film showing at 
the Quad in NYC now. It shows a group of 5 or 6 young men in a blasted 
out apartment building armed with nothing but AK-47's, waiting for the 
Baathist tanks coming down the street intending to finish them off. They 
sing revolutionary songs and chants to each other, including one calling 
in rather utopian fashion for a NATO no-fly zone. I make my judgements 
on the two sides not on the basis of who NATO might support but on their 
historical role. The young men of Homs are agencies of profound 
historical change for the better, while the Kremlin-backed Baathist 
tanks belong in the ashbin of history.

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