Marxist Unity Group in DSA


Michael Pugliese
 

As Ukraine was mentioned. 

  1. 15. The United States/NATO's proxy war in Ukraine represents the continuation of a decades-long project of attempting to encircle Russia and eliminate it as a military threat. The United States courted Ukraine with illusory West European standards of living and the allure of NATO membership to entice it into the imperialist geopolitical camp. It stoked the far-right Ukrainian nationalist movement, which imposed chauvinist language and nationality policies on the Russian ethnic and language minority. All of this was in the service of completing the process of the subordination of the Russian economy to US interests that began with the ‘shock therapy’ applied after the collapse of the USSR. In a wider perspective, the aim is to deprive China, the main threat to US global domination, of an important ally. Those on the left who back arms shipments and line up behind the American proxy are social-imperialists. They mask practical support for their own government’s interests in seductive phraseology. Those who support the Russian invasion of Ukraine are similarly deluded but far less prominent. Communists ought to stand against arms shipments, against the existence of NATO, against the presence of Russian troops, and for the right of self-determination of both the Ukrainian nation and the Russian speakers of the Donbass - with an understanding that the main enemy lies at home.

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Dayne Goodwin
 

I thiink the "Marxist Unity Group" caucus in DSA was inspired from within the Cosmonaut magazine project   https://cosmonautmag.com/?s=Marxist+Unity+Group
My impression of Cosmonaut is of some young people newly exploring 'scientific socialism' with a cautious reliance on their particular perspective on orthodoxy, i.e. back in Louis Proyect time on this list there was discussion about Cosmonaut's promotion of Karl Kautsky.

At the Marxist Unity Group site https://www.marxistunity.com/   after their "Seven Points of Unity" statement located at the "About Us" section, the concluding paragraph of the "Our Immediate Tasks" conclusion is:
"Our faction is influenced by the best historical lessons of the entire global socialist movement, from the Communards in Paris to the experience of Allende’s Popular Unity government in Chile. We are particularly inspired by the Marxism of the Second International, and above all by those that kept its revolutionary spirit alive in the face of political capitulation: Lenin and the Bolsheviks. The Marxists of the Second International grappled with historical tasks not unlike the ones we face today. After a long era of historical defeat for the socialist movement, they confronted antiquated political regimes and worked to merge socialism with the workers’ movement. Despite countless obstacles, they built mass worker parties from the ground up and challenged the power of the capitalist class. It was only on this foundation that working class parties were able to pose the question of taking state power in the subsequent period. Marxist Unity Group seeks to creatively apply Marxist politics to the contemporary United States—never trying to reenact the past, but always learning from it."

Gil warned us about their position on Putin's invasion of Ukraine - which Michael has provided here.  Obviously the MUG - and Cosmonaut - has failed "above all" to learn from Lenin's revolutionary socialist strategic perspective on great Russian imperialist chauvinism and the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.  See for example the beginning, at 1:46, of Eric Draitser's recent podcast "Russia Retreats from Kherson"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EIWrclGtqA  thank you Charles Keener.


On Sat, Nov 12, 2022 at 6:26 PM Michael Pugliese <michael.098762001@...> wrote:
As Ukraine was mentioned.
  1. 15. The United States/NATO's proxy war in Ukraine represents the continuation of a decades-long project of attempting to encircle Russia and eliminate it as a military threat. The United States courted Ukraine with illusory West European standards of living and the allure of NATO membership to entice it into the imperialist geopolitical camp. It stoked the far-right Ukrainian nationalist movement, which imposed chauvinist language and nationality policies on the Russian ethnic and language minority. All of this was in the service of completing the process of the subordination of the Russian economy to US interests that began with the ‘shock therapy’ applied after the collapse of the USSR. In a wider perspective, the aim is to deprive China, the main threat to US global domination, of an important ally. Those on the left who back arms shipments and line up behind the American proxy are social-imperialists. They mask practical support for their own government’s interests in seductive phraseology. Those who support the Russian invasion of Ukraine are similarly deluded but far less prominent. Communists ought to stand against arms shipments, against the existence of NATO, against the presence of Russian troops, and for the right of self-determination of both the Ukrainian nation and the Russian speakers of the Donbass - with an understanding that the main enemy lies at home.