[Marxism] Fwd: On the Left or in Russia? The Strange Case of Foreign pro-Kremlin Radical Leftists | KRYTYKA

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 12 06:44:50 MDT 2014

Since 1991 pro Kremlin leftists have been either been silent on or 
supportive of regimes in China, North Africa, Syria, North Korea, 
Zimbabwe, the Congo, fundamentalist Islamists, and Arab Baathists. Now 
Putin’s government, and pro Russian neo Nazi and fascist parties can be 
added to the list. Activists, workers, indigenous minorities and groups 
or persons with grievances against, opposed to or miserable due to the 
above listed governments or groups are ignored or condemned. Alongside 
the Russophilism, neo Soviet sympathies, material interest, delusion and 
ignorance that can account for this double standard among pro Kremlin 
leftists, is the anti-Americanism that has overshadowed anti-imperialism 
in their thinking. This world view plays a key role in keeping such 
leftists as amenable to Russian government media and continued Russian 
domination of Ukraine now as they were before 1991.

Anti- Americanism is a set of beliefs that classifies imperialism as a 
singular specific American rather than global phenomenon that discounts 
or ignores competition between imperialists and intra capitalist 
rivalries. Anti- Americanism bears little relation to Lenin's concept of 
rival imperialist ruling classes divided within and engaged in an 
unending struggle with one another that dominated classes groups and 
nations might exploit. Instead, anti- americanists restrict 
“imperialism” to the objectives of a corporate controlled US government 
that supposedly dominates a bloc without fundamental intra ruling- class 
differences. Such a perspective leads believers to see the world as a 
stage for a duel between a capitalist USA and NATO on one side, and 
capitalist Russia on the other ---with possible allies like India Brazil 
and China. On this manichaen stage, Ukraine must remain Russian so the 
US does not get stronger. Middle or working class Ukrainians who see 
benefit in the EU, the massive support for the Maidan, a long tradition 
of Ukrainian anti-colonialism, and the possibility of future support 
from Ukrainian leftists in the fight against neo liberal capitalism 
within the EU, have no place on this stage. Nor does the possibility 
that Ukrainians might prefer the EU to the Russian variant of neo 
liberal capitalism because experience has shown them the latter is more 
destructive and rapacious than the former. Russian-style neo-soviet 
capitalism as exists in Ukraine is not tempered by a strong left 
opposition, trade unions, independent political parties and rule of law 
-- what Marx considered the “bourgeois rights and liberties” established 
in Europe between 1789 and 1914.


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