[Marxism] From Exile to Dirtbag: Edgelord geopolitics and the rise of “National Bolshevism” in the U.S.

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 21 17:51:45 MST 2019

On 1/21/19 7:28 PM, A.R. G via Marxism wrote:
> 1) Despite the title, there is no evidence in his piece or anywhere else
> that National Bolshevism is in any way a meaningful trend, let alone "on
> the rise" in the United States. 

It depends on what you mean by "on the rise". There is certainly no 
danger of them filling Madison Square Garden like the German-American 
Bund did in 1939 but there certainly is a problem when Richard Spencer 
describes himself as a fan of both eXile and Chapo Trap House. Or when 
Norman Finkelstein is listed as a columnist for a neo-Nazi website like 
UNZ.com. And when I asked him why he would lend his name to such a 
cesspool, he told me that he would write for anybody, even the NY Times. 
(Later I found out that he was paid $40,000 by Ron Unz.)

UNZ.com is a consciously Strasserite website. Not only is Finkelstein a 
columnist, so are Michael Hudson and Tom Engelhardt. When I asked Hudson 
why he would lend his name to such a website, he said he'd think about 
it. He is still there. As for Engelhardt, he doesn't even answer 
repeated queries about this.

We had a big to-do with a character named C.J. Hopkins who got the boot 
from Counterpunch for writing on UNZ.com, blaming me for this when I had 
nothing to do with it. In fact, there are a host of people who have been 
purged from Counterpunch who could be described as National Bolsheviks, 
starting with Diana Johnstone who has described Marine Le Pen as on the 
left. Then there is Boris Kagarlitsky who still writes for Counterpunch 
from time to time who attended a conference organized by the Austrian 
neo-Nazis a few years ago.

This is not to speak of Max Blumenthal's bromance with Tucker Carlson 
who has recently gained attention for calling out the capitalist system 
as unfair. Strasserism? Maybe not full-blown but it *is* a growing 
phenomenon and has been for a decade at least.

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