A very nice broadside from the highly intelligent Dan Nexon against one of the many "Popular Front of Judaea" movements that afflict our online left today: Dan Nexon: Grifters and Useful Idiots http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/02/grifters-and-useful-idiots: 'Sanders is unusual in that he’s, in multiple senses of the term, an "old leftist" who has nonetheless updated his views in light of the significant changes in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union.... While American dark money supports the reactionary right abroad, Russia has become a state sponsor of anti-progressive forces; mutual empowerment among authoritarian, often kleptocratic, regimes blurs ideological lines. It is easier than ever to oppose American-sponsored regime change without actively embracing the corrupt and autocratic government in Venezuela or the corrupt, autocratic, and mass-murdering government of Syria. The pursuit of global social justice neither demands nor benefits from the idea that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and my enemy is American foreign policy”. Unfortunately, there are plenty of grifters and useful idiots selling that line in defense of corrupt, repressive, and mass-murdering regimes. Charles Davis has written a number of scathing assessments of these self-styled anti-imperialists. Now Joshua Collins has begun a three-part series on their major personalities.... As far as I’m concerned, this version of the “anti-imperialist” left is our alt-right, and they’ve grown in a parallel way: by bootstrapping onto the rest of the progressive left, taking positions that make them appear as credible allies, and then inserting their propaganda...


#noted #2020-02-28

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