[Marxism] Fwd: The Novorossiya Follies | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Sun Nov 22 12:17:55 MST 2015
Only six months ago I got into a brouhaha with David North, the cult
leader of the Socialist Equality Party whose online newspaper WSWS.org
was running around like chicken little squawking that nuclear war
between the USA and Russia was about to break out.
This was the downside of East Ukraine’s separatist movement—it might
lead to H-Bombs leveling every major city on earth. But perhaps it was a
risk worth taking since the upside would be a kind of liberated
territory like Rojava if you took Boris Kagarlitsky at his word: “By
contrast [to Maidan], the Donetsk … is the perfect embodiment of the
anarchist concept of the revolutionary order.” His co-thinker Roger
Annis created a website called www.newcoldwar.org that provided a
platform for separatist ideologues such as Halyna Mokrushyna who
described her comrades as creating a “new state, free from corruption
and nationalism.” The enthusiasm for militias that put a Vice reporter
in a makeshift jail might have been lost on some but beauty is in the
eyes of the beholder one supposes.
Things have not quite turned out either on the downside or the upside as
the pro-separatist left predicted. The only mushrooms to be seen now are
those on sale at Whole Foods while the resemblance between the People’s
Republics and Kropotkin is purely coincidental.
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