Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Antifa or Antiwar: Leftist Exclusionism Against the Quest for Peace

By Diana Johnstone


CounterPunch has astonished many of its old fans by its current fundraising ad portraying the site as a prime target of Russia hostility. Under the slogan, “We have all the right enemies”, CP portrays itself as a brave little crew being blown off the water by an evil Russian warship out to eliminate “lefty scum.”

Ha Ha Ha, it’s all a joke of course. But it’s a joke that plays into the dangerous, current Russophobia promoted by Clintonite media, the deep state and the War Party. This is a reminder that Russophobia finds a variant in the writing of several prominent CounterPunch contributors.

Yes, CounterPunch continues to publish many good articles, but appears also to be paying its tribute to the establishment narrative.

Put on the defensive by the “fake news” assault against independent media, CP senior editor Jeffrey St Clair seemed to be shaken by Washington Post allegations that he had published articles by a “Russian troll” named Alice Donovan. St Clair never publicly questioned the FBI claim that the ephemeral plagiarist worked for the Kremlin, when she could as well have been planted by the FBI itself or some other agency, precisely in order to embarrass and intimidate the independent website.


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  1. This is a great piece. Sums it up very nicely. A lot of people think of the Left as being antiwar because of the legacy of the Vietnam War era left. But the Left generally supported both of the world wars (with some notable exceptions). It looks like the Left is moving away from the non-interventionism and anti-imperialism that emerged during the postwar period and returning to what is was during the early to mid 20th century.

    It’s interesting to note as well that all of the major US wars of the 20th century were presided over by Democratic rather than Republican presidents, and during WWI the Socialist parties in every nation (except the US under Eugene Debs) support their respective national states. It was the SPD that voted for war credits in the Reichstag for the German war effort during the Wilhelmine period. And on the Allied side the Socialists typically claimed the war was a war against Prussian militarism (even anarchists like Tucker, Kropotkin, and Faure took that position), i.e. the Woodrow Wilson line. During the buildup to WW2 the war effort was often referred to as “the Communists’ war” because of the Communist line that the war against fascism was a jihad in defense of socialism.

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