February 15, 2014

A Thesis on the new Cold War: solidarity with threatened nations vs US dictate , Andrew Taylor, 15 Feb. 2014

The anti-imperialist nations are not where we as communists or Marxists want them to be. Russia for instance is both an anti-imperialist power vis-a-vis US dictate, as well as an aspiring regional centre with imperialist inclinations within at least part of the sphere which was once the USSR.

Certainly we do not agree with many aspects of the varied ideological contours of the anti-imperialist groups/nations which oppose US hegemony.

Yet, the fact remains, the US Administration and US Media policy of containment and demonisation of independent-minded nations is against the poorer, the weaker of the earth, against reasonably friendly relations between nations, and against legitimate aspirations to national sovereignty.

The US campaign of denigration is reckless and destabilizing whether aimed at Venezuela, Bolivia, Russia, Cuba, Iran or Syria.

Are there any pristine anti-imperialist nations in the world today? But for revolutionary socialists its not primarily a question of seeking out alliances only with the most advanced theorists, its a class question of unequal placement within the yawning geopolitical imbalance of power; its a question of supporting the national-democratic revolutionary evolutions of different leading forces in their struggles for national self-determination. Its not just a moral authority that is possessed by the 'less-developed' states, its the fact of their intrinsic ambivalence towards the global Hegemon.

So Lenin wrote in 1915 that... “For example, if tomorrow, Morocco were to declare war on France, or India on Britain, or Persia or China on Russia, and so on, these would be ‘just’, and ‘defensive’ wars, irrespective of who would be the first to attack; any socialist would wish the oppressed, dependent and unequal states victory over the oppressor, slave-holding and predatory ‘Great’ Powers” ?

So while Marxists do not and can not have any ideological unity with national or notional worldviews such as those represented by the euro-american Social Democrats, or with Greater-Russia chauvinism, or with either the Hamas or Hezbollah  credos, we boldly assert a strategic unity with many faces of resistance to US imperialism when the anti-imperialist front is attacked by the global predatory power dictating the national destinies of the nations.


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