[Marxism] ZCommunications » Ukraine, Revolution or Coup?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 26 04:39:59 MST 2014

Media Propaganda Right and Left

In contrast to these creditable on-the-ground reports, what we find in 
the media is mostly sheer propaganda. The Times and the networks portray 
this revolution as a defeat for Russia and a victory for Western 
neo-liberal capitalism. Period. On the other hand, part of the Left sees 
it more or less through the Cold War lens as a ‘right-wing coup’ 
engineered by US imperialism.  Pacifica Radio’s ‘War and Peace Report’ 
headlined ‘Ukraine: a coup or a revolution?’ and described (three times) 
Yanukovich as the ‘democratically elected president’ as if the Ukraine 
were Chile in 1973 or Honduras two years ago.[7] A previous show 
featured an interview with pro-Russian professor Stephen Cohen under the 
headline “A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape 
Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup.” Cohen stressed U.S. aggression (real 
enough) against Putin’s Russia, the omnipresence in Kiev of right-wing 
fascists and nationalists, concluding on the danger of a Ukrainian Civil 
War between East and West which would lead to a new violent 
confrontation between Russia and the West.[8]

Prof. Cohen is someone whose scholarship (his biography of Bukharin) I 
admire, who has been critical of both Stalin and Putin, but who has 
retained his pro-Russian ‘patriotism’ from the Cold War days. His 
theoretical frame, like many other left-liberals, does not recognize 
Russian imperialism along with other imperialisms (from Chinese to 
German and US) in what is increasingly a multi-polar world, similar to 
the world of 1914 on the eve of WWI with its complex and shifting 
alliances. Throughout the Cold War, many still defended the Soviet Union 
as the ‘underdog’ and more ‘progressive’ than the US, but this attitude 
is sheer nonsense today when Russia is ruled by oligarchs and mafia 
under a neo-Stalinist police state; today when there is an active, 
autonomous democratic, revolutionary labor movement with which we can 

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