The Imperialist Dogfight Over Ukraine Has Nothing For The Working Class

The US has been the center of world reaction since it first took its baby steps into imperialism after it’s campaign of genocide against the Native Americans. The PLP is the center of world revolution as it rebuilds the forces of the working class. The US reversed or co-opted revolutions all over South America, Asia, and Pacifica, places where friends of PLP are now rebuilding a revolutionary movement to smash capitalism once and for all. Gunboat diplomacy, tyranny, and outright support for thugs and bandits who would protect their financial interests are the true history of the center of world reaction. Proving their reactionary streak is alive and well, not being satisfied with arming Jihadist sexists hell bent on genocide in Syria, now the US is supporting Nazis who toppled a UN monitored democratically elected president. Those hypocrites don’t even follow their own ideology.

The workers have nothing to gain from either set of bosses. They will get their pensions attacked and their subsidies slashed by the EU as part of an austerity program. Just as the Troika, the European Commission (EC), The European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), destroyed the lives of workers in Greece, Spain, and ravages them in Italy and Portugal, will now rip the worker’s pensions and fuel subsidies away from them as the “price of freedom”. The Orwellian conceit of “freedom is slavery”, though originally intended to attack the USSR, is clearly being illustrated in Ukraine. Russia’s fascists will no doubt take their pound of flesh from the workers to pay for their imperialist expansion, and are no alternative to the fascists in Ukraine. The US has their fascists in Ukraine locked, cocked, and ready to rock the working class out of all of their hard earned gains.

 

Obama is the primary puppet that pushes the reaction the US is constantly creating. It was not reactionary enough to deport millions, terror bomb children by drones, or push the racist attack on public education in the form of Race To The Top, but the first Black president has now helped to put Nazis back into power in the Ukraine. Once again, PLP’s analysis on race is proven to be correct as racist policies are advanced regardless of the race of the person advancing them. His leadership is best illustrated in how he appears to be playing checkers while Russia is playing a chess-like game of Chicken and Russian roulette.

 

The militaristic rhetoric that the US is pushing is a reaction to the coolheaded way the fascists in Russia are running the table in the Ukraine. Russia is challenging the US Empire and exposing their weakness. The US is moving a missile cruiser and other warships into the Black Sea now. Russia is playing the long game since they don’t have to invade the Eastern Ukraine now, though they have over 40,000 soldiers massed on the border. They know the EU and US austerity is going to cause unrest and a backlash. They can either play to win the elections or they can invade to protect Russian citizens from the Nazi-led hoards. They also have other options that will develop as the conflict unfolds.

This backlash will force the Ukraine to use their armed apparatus, the military and soldiers, as well as the Nazi paramilitary to crush the working class. So, the Ukrainian Sabre rattling rhetoric against Russia will create a military that can be used against the working class in order to ensure that the Troika gets its money. The workers have no dog in this imperialist fight, because the EU has little to offer Ukraine besides Greece style austerity cuts that would begin with an end to fuel subsidies. Those workers who sincerely believed in the lies of prosperity that fell from the bosses’ mouths are getting nothing from either the Fascists in Russia or the fascists in the EU/US/IMF alliance. There are no lesser evil bosses and there is no lesser evil; the working class can only rely upon itself organized by The PLP as the concrete vision for a society that meets our needs.

The Eastern Ukraine is where its industrial production is located along with a majority Russian-speaking population. Russia is wielding the ideological weapon of nationalism to seize control of the minds of the workers that live there as well as the factories located in a geostrategically important location.

Germany is caught in a bind as it is the de facto head of the EU and is also Russia’s largest energy trading partner. The EU is unwilling to attack Russia to the extent the US needs (see C/D). This inter-imperialist rivalry is speeding towards WWIII and only a Communist Revolution can stop it. Communists once took power in this part of the world, and, under PL’s leadership, can do so again, but this time really build a society that meets the worker’s needs. We won’t build Socialism, which is just another form of state capitalism, but an actual Communist society. The abolition of profit and the ideologies of sexism, racism, and nationalism that nurture it will end imperialist dogfights that create the lose lose conditions of Ukraine. The ending of capitalism will end imperialism.

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2 thoughts on “The Imperialist Dogfight Over Ukraine Has Nothing For The Working Class

  1. Fascism in Modern Ukraine

    (1) It may be of interest to your readers that the Ukraine situation and particularly that of western Ukraine has been the subject of considerable attention in Bolshevik history. During the ill-fated Polish-German campaign of the Red Army in August 1920 Stalin was in charge of Red Army forces heading toward Lvov. Trotsky (although in Kiev for most of the campaign time) was in charge of the Main Force heading for Warsaw (with General Tukhachevsky his assigned military commander). Trotsky as War Commissar was also in overall in charge of the entire campaign.

    (2) As you may recall Tukhachevsky fouled up his assault on Warsaw in several ways. (a) He failed to maintain operational contact on his left flank with Stalin’s forces (under Budenny) and left a gap of some fifty miles between the two. (b) His cavalry commander (General Gai Gaia) failed to turn left and come down on Warsaw from the north and ended up in Germany with his entire 2nd Red Cavalry Army captured and interned. The matter came to a head when Trotsky ordered Stalin to rescue Tukhachevsky’s Main Force just to the east of Warsaw and Trotsky refused. Trotsky went crying to Lenin who then ordered Stalin to do as Trotsky wished and Stalin said “no.” I describe this situation and the resulting mess when Stalin did finally acquiesce to Lenin and sent Budenny to rescue Tukhachevsky in my book The ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2014 PP 186-190 (a 710 printed page book available in e-book form at Amazon Kindle for $2.99). (c) Finally Trotsky handled the preparations very sloppily not knowing even how many men he was sending and not watching over the logistical preparation.

    The reason Stalin had chosen Lvov as his target was because it was the hotbed of right wing forces who had gained ascendancy over the local working class in what was then a highly industrialized city of Poland. Defeating proto-fascists there and freeing the workers would further support the drive of the left pincer against Warsaw and enter Germany to the south of Tukhachevsky’s Main Force pincer taking Warsaw. That was his strategy.

    (3) During the collectivization of agriculture program (1928-1932) these same proto-fascist forces organized armed resistance and had to be suppressed much as they had been when the Red Army fought anarchists and proto-fascists in the Ukraine during the civil war.

    (4) During World War II these fascist elements formed a Nazi military adjunct for the Main Force of the Nazi occupation and had to be fought in a bitter internal war between them and the Red guerillas and the Red Army itself.

    (5) Two final notes of historical interest. It was during this campaign that George Zhukov (later overall commander of all Red Army forces during World War II) emerged as a Cavalry Sergeant in the Konarmia (Budenny’s First Red Cavalry Army.) –And neither the Party nor the Army would ever forgive Trotsky for this failure and it was the beginning of the end for him. (Lenin did forgive him more or less.)

    Now the collapse of the Soviet Union left the children and grandchildren of this fascist infestation in a better position than they had been in for nearly a century. They are attempting with the help of the US CIA and the equivalent ilk from the EU to overthrow the New Class government of the Ukraine and this threatens the overall progressive structure of the Old Soviet West as constructed by Mr. Putin. Communists hopefully will raise their own flag in the Ukraine once again. But first they must help destroy the fascist revolt. At least that is the way I see it.

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    • Thank you for the historical insight into this complicated and very geostrategically important contested area. The Working Class does not have a dog in this fight. They need to destroy their own local fascists and capitalists, but that doesn’t mean that they should ally with the Russian fascists as well.

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