[Marxism] Putin, Trump, the Christian Right, Austrian fascists, and the schizoid left | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 21 12:19:28 MDT 2019

I came across articles this week that demonstrate how both Christian 
evangelists in the USA and the alt-right Freedom Party in Austria have 
been building ties to the Kremlin. An Open Democracy article titled 
“Revealed: Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of 
‘dark money’ into Europe, boosting the far right” was written by Claire 
Provost on March 27, 2019. It demonstrates how US Christian right 
‘fundamentalists’ linked to the Trump administration and Steve Bannon 
are among a dozen American groups that have poured at least $50 million 
of ‘dark money’ into Europe.

Meanwhile, the same kind of affinities have been shared by the Kremlin 
and the same alt-right parties, including Austria’s Freedom Party that 
has been undone by a sting carried out by unidentified parties that 
showed the party’s Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache meeting with 
a woman in Ibiza who represented herself as the niece of a Russian 
oligarch. The party’s first leader was Anton Reinthaller, a former Nazi 
functionary and SS member. It became the first far right party since the 
end of WWII to become part of a government when Jörg Haider entered a 
coalition with the conservative People’s Party in 2000.


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