27/10/2018 by socialistfight
This is Roger Annis’s defence of the theses that neither Russia nor China are imperialist, with which we substantially agree. He crosses swords with 81-year-old Barry Shephard, stalwart of the old US SWP and historian of its decline and fall. He also takes on many others polemically below and acquits himself very well in these exchanges.
We republish it here because it came in the wake of the Maidan Coup in Ukraine in February 2014 when whole swaths of the left were finding excuses why they had to support this fascist0-led and US-directed and funded coup against the elected government, which was balancing between Russia and the west.
The subject is topical now because our comrade Dov Winter has just defended the line that China is imperialist but not Russia and the International Bolshok Tendency has just split, with the Logan-led minority winning the argument by declaring that Russia was imperialist but both sides say that China is not even a capitalist state.
This wide range of difference necessitates discussion internationally because these positions hide more programmatic differences on the United Front Tthe Anti Imperialist United Front and what are proxy imperialist forces and do we oppose them when the attempt coups and wage war on behalf of imperialism itself.
Gerry Downing 27-10-18