[Marxism] Fwd: Rafael Correa and the Chessintern | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Feb 21 14:56:05 MST 2016

As most people probably understand, political analysis about a 
particular government leader is often largely driven by where they stand 
in the geopolitical chess game—at least by those who play it, namely the 
“anti-imperialist” left that is as single-minded ideologically as 
earlier generations of Kremlin apologists if not more so.

In my experience, Stansfield Smith represents the bleeding edge of this 
milieu. Back when he was on Marxmail, he never posted anything except 
talking points in line with the Pepe Escobar/Mike Whitney/Eric Draitser 

To belong to the Chessintern, you have to master a few basic openings 
such as the need to defend every foreign policy initiative of the 
Kremlin or China and then to smear anybody who ends up on the other side 
of the chessboard as tools of the CIA or the NED.

Back in 2010, when Smith was still a Marxmail subscriber, he did 
everything he could to tarnish indigenous activists in Ecuador organized 
in CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) as 
tools of imperialism. That year there was a coup attempt in Ecuador that 
CONAIE supported. Rather than dealing with indigenous unhappiness with 
Correa, as I tried to do in an article on the Miskito rebellion in 
Sandinista Nicaragua, Smith approached the whole thing as a conspiracy 
in which NED payoffs to the Indians was the key factor. You don’t need 
Marxism to understand just conflicts, just Hal Holbrook’s line in “All 
the President’s Men”: “follow the money.”

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/02/21/rafael-correa-and-the-chessintern/

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