Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Why the Western Left is Weak on Imperialism

This essay by an an-com ideologue illustrates why the Western Left is so weak on the question of imperialism. Tankies are only anti-imperialist when it advances tankieism, and the rest of the left is only interested in anti-imperialism when it advances Western-style liberalism or “cultural progressivism” in the form of some mythical rainbow utopia. As recent events have illustrated, the Pashtuns and the Sentinelese are far more “anti-imperialist” than these shitheads.

Some representative sample quotes are cited below:

By Lefty Hooligan, What’s Left

“The national liberation struggles and regimes of Third World Leninism has made anti-imperialism synonymous with anti-colonialism. Leninism’s insistence on anti-imperialism’s centrality to the Left has resulted in numbers of left anarchists, libertarian Marxists, even old-school social democrats taking up this dubious theoretical construct.”
“I’m not interested in reactionary forms of anti-imperialism, focusing instead on Leftist anti-imperialism. Even here I distinguish between rabid tankie versus measured socialist anti-imperialism.”
“Anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism are easily ideologically decoupled, however. Fascism has often claimed to be anti-capitalist, proclaiming solidarity with “proletarian nations” against “bourgeois nations” in a reactionary anti-imperialism that defends a corporatist Third Positionism pretending to go beyond capitalism and Marxism.(3) Populist nationalism in Latin America and elsewhere in the Third World nominally denounces capitalism and imperialism, decrying “Yanqui imperialism” and promoting the economic independence of national autarky. Ultimately, what emerges is a purely negative, classless anti-imperialism that attacks capitalism and imperialism without offering up anything positive, much less a socialist alternative.”
“It is not every struggle against imperialism that we should support,” Lenin once wrote. “We will not support [a struggle or] an uprising of the reactionary classes against imperialism and capitalism.”
“I’m not interested in reactionary forms of anti-imperialism, focusing instead on Leftist anti-imperialism. Even here I distinguish between rabid tankie versus measured socialist anti-imperialism.”
“The July 11, 2021, protests in Cuba (4) involved up to 5,000 people in 200 plus locations across an island wracked by the pandemic crisis, severe economic contraction, and the decades-long US Embargo….The protests galvanized an ongoing, acrimonious debate between these tankie anti-imperialists and the wider anti-imperialist community consisting mostly of Trotskyists, anarchists, libertarian Marxists, and some social democrats…. Regional anti-imperialist unity is proposed, comprised of an alternative socialist federation for Latin America.”
“The imperialism / anti-imperialism paradigm often means a socialist internationalism that defaults to rabid nationalism and “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” politics, and as often suffers from substitutionism: substituting opposition to these structural features of capitalism for the revolutionary socialist program as a whole.(5) Anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism need to be subordinated to revolutionary working-class anti-capitalism.”

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