[Marxism] Solidarity Ukraine-Style » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 6 13:19:41 MST 2014

It is clear that the struggle in Ukraine cannot be rigidly identified 
between the traditional Left and Right—capitalist versus socialist—but 
if it can be abstracted as a revolutionary, dialectical movement of 
development towards a different kind of internationalism, it can only be 
done so with a careful eye to civil society, rather than a determinist 
point of view that sees industrial progress as the driver of history. In 
moments of telling symbolic expression, opposition members pull down and 
vandalize statues of Lenin, while pro-state representatives have 
christened a brand new Stalin monument. Yanukovich’s politics are not 
Stalinist, and the history of Stalin’s famine-inducing agricultural 
policies remain. Yet Stalin also retains symbolic significance as an 
anti-Fascist hero, so his image is deployed by pro-government factions. 
The true irony lies in the fact that some of the oligarchs behind either 
side of the puzzle received their start either directly from the 
Soviet-era Komsomol or through the post-Soviet, Ukrainian mafia. Between 
the messy dissonances between sides, a different civil society politic 
is growing up, which has varying ties to right and left wing positions, 
up to and beyond inter-oligarchic struggle.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/06/solidarity-ukraine-style/

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