[Marxism] National Bolshevism rides again | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2014/05/09/national-bolshevism-rides-again/

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