[Marxism] Russia as sub-imperialist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 10 06:42:28 MST 2016

And so, if you want to see Russia as sub-imperialist rather than 
imperialist, then that fits with Bond’s view of the relationship between 
the two; US imperialism has sub-contracted Russia (and Iran, already the 
US ally in Iraq) to carry out the dirty work of being the global 
vanguard of bloody counterrevolution in Syria.

But the reason SA comrades have not been able to come to terms with this 
analysis is because it has junked the analysis of the Syrian situation 
in terms of revolution and counterrevolution (in the broad sense of the 
terms). That is most unfortunate, because once you junk the basis of 
what is going on, in favour of superficial analyses of “multi-sided 
civil war” and “sectarian conflict,” spiced by lots of references to 
“jihadis”, then you really do end up clueless in trying to analyse the 
role of Russia, the US or anyone else.


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