[Marxism] Putin

Andrew Stewart hasc.warrior.stew at gmail.com
Fri Feb 12 21:39:57 MST 2016

Does it ever occur to you that this line of discussion is very similar in
theme to the anti-Bolshevik Left discourse of a century ago? The anarchist
narrative in the Ukraine and from people like Emma Goldman was all about
democratic rights. The Communist response was "Oh, right, because there was
no Russian Civil War going on and active encirclement by the West?" This
was Trotsky's response to Kronstadt and Nestor Makhno.

It strikes me that is very relevant to this logic here.

On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 10:47 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> On 2/12/16 10:08 PM, Andrew Stewart wrote:
>> Vijay Prashad explaining the history of the World Muslim League last
>> fall re: Syria
>> http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=14797
> Yeah, but that is a disservice to the Chechen rebels' much more complex
> political trajectory.
> From something I wrote about Chechnya in 2013:
> In the provocatively titled “Che Guevaras in Turbans” (New Left Review
> I/237, September-October 1999), Derlugian made the case for the Islamist
> guerrillas and Shamil Basayev in particular. Basayev, who was killed by a
> Russian car bomb in 2006, was responsible for some of the most sensational
> terrorist attacks that persuaded many liberals and radicals to adopt a
> plague on both your houses position with respect to the Second Chechen War.
> While Derlugian was no apologist for terror, he provided some background on
> Basayev that never found their way into the customary reportage in the left
> press:
>         During his brief period as a student in Moscow, aside from the
> fateful Professor Borovoy, Basayev met Cubans and learned from them about
> Ernesto Che Guevara. The young Chechen commander carried a picture of Che
> in his breast pocket through the Abkhazia war of 1992–93, where he was
> rescuing the fellow Abkhazian mountaineers from the marauding Georgian
> warlords—and where he was apparently trained, supplied, and supported by
> the Russian military who saw their interests as lying in the subversion of
> Georgia’s independence.
> full: https://louisproyect.org/2013/05/14/reflections-on-chechnya/

Best regards,

Andrew Stewart

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