[Marxism] National Bolshevism rides again | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Fri May 9 15:17:28 MDT 2014
As accustomed as I have become to the convergence between the
anti-imperialist left and the ultraright on the geopolitical chess game,
nothing prepared me for Golden Dawn’s statement that could have appeared
on the Counterfire website:
Ukraine is Washington’s pretext for a conflict with Russia. The threat
of conflict is evident from the flood of propaganda in the Zionist
media. Putin is demonized daily as Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi were
earlier, while known Zionist newspapers like the Washington Post and New
York Times, present daily ‘evidence’ Russian troops are ready to invade
Ukraine. The only things missing are the weapons of mass destruction in
order to have a complete repeat.
The events in Ukraine demonstrate clearly that American imperialism has
launched a strategy, the first unsuccessful steps which were Syria and
Iran, weakening and elimination of Russia as a Great Power. Russia is
the most serious obstacle to the American imperialism to assert its
hegemony in the Middle East, East Mediterranean, and Eurasia.
For those unfamiliar with the British left, Counterfire is a split from
the Socialist Workers Party led by John Rees and Lindsay German that
also plays a major role in the Stop the War Coalition that arose in the
early days of Bush’s “war on terror”. John Meadway, one of its
supporters and a staff economist for a radical think-tank, tried to
explain away the affinity with Golden Dawn by comparing it with the
British National Party’s opposition to the war in Iraq.
Maybe Meadway has a point. There are rightwingers who oppose American
imperialist interventions. Antiwar.com is a website that was launched by
a libertarian named Justin Raimondo. It was the emergence of figures
like Raimondo and Rand Paul that convinced some on the left that a
left-right coalition might make sense.
But I think there is something else going on with the Golden Dawn
statement. It is not simply against war. It is closely related to
admiration for Vladimir Putin based on his anti-homosexual laws, his
Great Russian nationalism, his disregard for democratic rights, his
get-tough attitude toward liberals, and above all his wars on Chechnya
and Syria in the name of “fighting terrorism”. In other words, the
policies that Bush pursued in Iraq and that Obama pursues in the tribal
areas of Afghanistan would be opposed by Golden Dawn and Counterfire are
acceptable when they are carried out by the Kremlin in Chechnya and Syria.
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