[Marxism] WWP liquidates national question in Ukraine

jay rothermel jayrothermel at gmail.com
Wed Feb 26 07:52:43 MST 2014


http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/02/26/ukraine-venezuela-u-s-wages-dirty-wars/

WWP lays it on the line: 300 years of Russian oppression of the Ukraine is
a lesser evil than an imperialist trade deal with Washington that might
thwart Putin.

WWP doesn't pit it like that, again ignoring the historical context of
national oppression by Russia against Ukraine.

Russian oppression of Ukraine has been a consistent and devastating fact of
life for Ukrainian workers and farmers for centuries. Except for the period
1917 to 1924, it was continued in the Soviet period through today, not jus
under the tsar.

In the period after 1924, such oppression was rationalized murderously as
the dictatorship of the proletariat. Is it any wonder in such a historical
context that Ukraine's workers and farmer have been repeatedly driven into
the arms of the class enemy?

When today's Ukraine CP voted for Yanukovich's crackdown and laws
restricting free speech and assembly, IN PARLIAMENT, the cause of communism
and motion toward class consciousness was again dealt a blow.

This is the objective historical context for pulling down some Lenin
statues and vandalizing Soviet-era public art.

Telling workers of the world that fascism has triumphed in Kiev is
premature, dishonest, and demoralizing. It dehistoricizes the fruits of
past struggles against, and analysis of, fascism. It is subjective
emitionalisms rum wild.

Telling workers of the world that political explosions and unexpected
events are a conspiracy to thwart Russia's regional moves toward political
suzerainty, and not part of the normal and understandable workings of the
capitalist crisis, cuts against a materialist understanding of history and
BREEDS DEMORALIZATION, wrecking any motion toward class consciousness and
class CONFIDENCE.

Jay



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