[Marxism] A Response to Anne Applebaum’s article “The False Romance of Russia” | Lefteast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 22 05:46:17 MST 2020

In Anne Applebaum’s recent article in the Atlantic, “The False Romance 
of Russia”, she addresses the current trend of American conservatives 
praising Russia and Vladimir Putin. This hodgepodge of ideologues, 
pundits and politicians within the American and European right wing 
openly celebrating Russia as a bulwark of “traditionalism” is growing. 
To further compliment this trend, a piece of Russia’s larger 
geopolitical strategy is to support right wing parties, politicians and 
groups in Europe and the United States. However, instead of examining 
the ideas, politics and histories that underwrite this dynamic, 
Applebaum suggests it is best understood as follows: a naïve continuity 
exists between American pro-Soviet leftists of the 20th century and 
those on the American right today who celebrate Putin’s Russia.


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