A Trotskyite Gets It Right for Once

The Trots are split on the Ukraine question. Quite a few of them are supporting US imperialism and backing the neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian government. Others urge support for Russia and the eastern separatists. Yet more seem to be saying that neither side should be supported. This last is similar to their line in WW2 – Trotsky held that WW2 was simply a battle of one group of capitalists (the Allies) against another group of capitalists (the Axis). He also also continued to advocate the overthrow of the USSR regime even when it was clearly under threat from the Axis. Thankfully, one of Stalin’s secret agents killed this traitor in Mexico City. Never was an icepick put to better use!
Every now and again, a Trot gets it right:

Imperialism is not just a rude word for US foreign policy.

But he follows it with typical Trot nuttiness:

It is a global system of which Moscow is as much a part as Washington.

Um, nope. Russia is not an imperialist country, and it is not part of the US imperial project.
Then he revisits it with a reprise of Trotsky’s fence-sitting in the early days of the war:

Or should we have taken sides in the Valentine’s Day massacre and supported the North Side gang against Al Capone in the name of a multi-centric underworld?

But this line was a stroke of genius. I will bold it below just to highlight how important it is to realize this:
Imperialism is not just a rude word for US foreign policy.
Oh yeah! Nail, meet hammer.

6 thoughts on “A Trotskyite Gets It Right for Once”

  1. Out of interest, why is it you would suppose Russia is not an imperialist country? Perhaps because al it is really doing is seeking to hang onto and maintain its sphere of influence, not trying to aggressively expand it in the way the US seems to be doing?

  2. Do these mainstream Trots (not speaking of dissident Trots) believe if the American Empire collapses, Moscow or Beijing will become the engine of the same globalism? I don’t believe they believe this, I believe they are simply rootless cosmopolitan commies. By proxy, advocates of deracinated “Socialism in One World.” Objectively that means they are at this time servants of Amer-Israeli imperialism.

  3. Just one thing: Trotsky could not have had an opinion on the USSR’s fight against Nazi Germany, because he was killed while the Hitler/Stalin pact was still in effect. The view that WWII was a war between rival factions of imperialists was very similar to what Moscow directed Communist parties everywhere were espousing at the time. In spite of that, you are basically correct about Trotskyite nuttiness. I have no idea where people got the idea that Trots were “Communism Lite.” They are the whackiest of ultra leftists, and when they turn right (neocons, for example) they’re nutty rightists. The common denominator? Nuttiness.

  4. “Trotsky held that WW2 was simply a battle of one group of capitalists (the Allies) against another group of capitalists (the Axis). He also refused to support the USSR in that war. Thankfully, one of Stalin’s secret agents killed this traitor in Mexico City. Never was an icepick put to better use! ”
    Trotsky was assassinated on 21 August 1940. Nazi Germany surprised attacked the USSR on 22 June 1941. When Trotsky was killed, Stalin was still cooperating with Hitler (Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact).
    Also, Trotsky considered the USSR as a degenerated workers´ state, not as capitalist.

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