[Marxism] Fwd: The Novorossiya Follies | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2015/11/22/the-novorossiya-follies/

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