[Marxism] Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 14 09:17:24 MDT 2018


Rohini Hensman’s recently published Indefensible: Democracy, 
Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism is an important 
contribution to the debate that has divided the left since 2011, the 
year that Syria became a litmus test. For some, support for Bashar 
al-Assad became tantamount to backing Franco in the Spanish Civil War 
while others saw my perspective as lending support to the USA, Israel, 
Saudi Arabia and other reactionary states carrying out the same 
neoconservative foreign policy that turned Iraq into a failed state.

On practically all other questions, ranging from defending immigrant 
rights to opposing fracking, the left was fairly unified. The Green 
Party candidacy of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka epitomized the 
contradictions roiling the left. Except for her appearance at an RT 
conference and his article hailing Assad’s electoral victory in 2014, 
there was little question that their campaign was a real alternative to 
both Trump and Clinton.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2018/09/14/18143/



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