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Left-right White Solidarity? A comment on the New Face of 21st Century Neo-Fascism – Part One

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by Ajamu Baraka

The U.S.-European “Left’s” tepid – and even supportive – response to NATO’s destabilization of Ukraine reveals the deep workings of white supremacy on the “western” mind. We face the specter of a “left-right convergence” to save the global imperial project. How else to explain widespread “leftist” acceptance of racist doctrines like “humanitarian intervention” and “responsibility to protect?”

 

Left-right White Solidarity? A comment on the New Face of 21st Century Neo-Fascism – Part One

by Ajamu Baraka

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Some years ago Italian anarchist Camillo Berneri suggested that while not always visible in the social practices of everyday European life, the racist foundation for European fascism was still present, safely confined to a space in the European psyche but always ready to explode in what he called a racist delirium.

Today, white workers and the middle classes in Europe and the U.S., traumatized by the new realities imposed on them by the decline of the Western imperialist project and the turn to neoliberalism, are increasingly embracing a retrograde form of white supremacist politics.

This dangerous political phenomenon is developing in countries throughout the European Union and in the U.S. Just recently, the National Front, a racist, authoritarian party that labored on the fringes of French politics for years, has emerged as one of the dominant forces in French politics. The Tea Party in the U.S., Golden Dawn in Greece, the People’s Party in Spain, the Partij Voor de Vrijheid in the Netherlands – in these and other countries, a transatlantic radical racist movement is emerging and gaining respectability.

The hard turn to the right is not a surprise for those of us who have a clear-eyed view of Euro-American history and politics. In all the 20th Century fascist movements in Europe, two elements combined to express the fascist project: 1) the rise of far-right parties and movements as the political expression of an alliance of authoritarian, pro-capitalist class forces bankrolled by sections of the capitalist class and constructed in the midst of capitalist crisis; and 2) racism grounded in white supremacist ideology.

White workers and the middle classes in Europe and the U.S. are increasingly embracing a retrograde form of white supremacist politics.”

The neo-fascism that is now emerging within the context of the current capitalist crisis on both sides of the Atlantic has similar characteristics to the movements of the 1930s but with one distinguishing feature. The targets for racist scapegoating are different. The targets today are immigrants: Arab, Muslim and African in Europe; Latinos and the never-ending target of poor and working class African Americans in the U.S.

What makes the rise of the racist radical right even more dangerous today is that it is taking place in a political environment in which traditional anti-racist oppositional forces have not recognized the danger of this phenomenon or for strategic reasons have decided to downplay the issue. That strategy has been tragically played out in the “immigrant rights” movement in the U.S.

The brutal repression and dehumanization witnessed across Europe in the 1930s has not found generalized expression in the U.S. and Europe, at least not yet. Nevertheless, large sectors of the U.S. and European left appear to be unable to recognize that the U.S./NATO/EU axis that is committed to maintaining the hegemony of Western capital is resulting in dangerous collaborations with rightist forces both inside and outside of governments.

The manufactured crisis with Russia over the issue of Ukraine is a case in point. The incredible recklessness and outrageous opportunism of the U.S./NATO/EU axis in destabilizing Ukraine – knowing that the driving forces on the ground were racist, neo-Nazi elements from the Right Sector and the Svoboda party – demonstrated once again the lengths that this axis is prepare to go to achieve its geo-strategic objective of full-spectrum economic and political global domination.

Yet strangely, not only did many radicals in the U.S. and Europe not see the potential threat that this situation represented but they seemed unable to penetrate the simplistic cold-war propaganda that suddenly reemerged to frame events in Ukraine.

The U.S. left has no theoretical framework for apprehending the complexities of the current period.”

Instead of being concerned that as a direct consequence of U.S. actions a government came to power in Europe that for the first time since the 1930s included ultra-nationalist, racist neo-Nazis in key positions, the left along with the general population allowed the corporate media and U.S. propagandists to turn the narrative away from U.S./EU destabilization of Ukraine to Putin’s supposed expansionist aspirations.

The ease with which the corporate media was able to flip that script and to make Putin the new face of evil has been truly astonishing. And the fact that that narrative was embraced by most liberals and large sectors of the white left in the U.S. only affirmed that having abandoned class analysis, anti-imperialism and never really understanding the insidious nature of white supremacist ideology, the U.S. left has no theoretical framework for apprehending the complexities of the current period.

The inability to extricate itself from the influences of white supremacist ideology has to be considered as one explanation for the strange positions taken by large sectors of the white liberal/left over the last few years. How else can one explain the bizarre incorporation of the discourse of humanitarian intervention and the obscenely obvious racism of the “responsibility to protect?

Could it be that many white radicals have fallen prey to the subtle and not-so-subtle racial appeal to a form of cross-class white solidarity in defense of “Western values,” civilization and the prerogative to determine who has the right to national sovereignty that is at the base of the rationalization of the “responsibility to protect” asserted by the white West?

An almost insurmountable chasm has been created separating the Western left from its counterparts in much of the global South.”

The apparent incapacity of white leftists to penetrate and understand the cultural and ideological impact of white supremacy and its powerful effect on their own consciousness has weakened and deformed left analysis of U.S. and European foreign policy initiatives. It has also resulted in the U.S. and European left taking political positions that either objectively championed U.S./NATO imperialist aggression or provided tacit support for that aggression though silence.

As a consequence of the abandonment of anti-imperialism and an active class/racial collaboration with the Western bourgeoisie, an almost insurmountable chasm has been created separating the Western left from its counterparts in much of the global South.

Instead of more resolute anti-imperialist solidarity, broad elements of the white left in the U.S. and Europe have consistently aligned themselves with the policies of the U.S/NATO/EU axis that are giving support to right-wing forces from Ukraine to Venezuela.

>Exaggeration, racial paranoia, an overly simplistic and a divisive, even “racist” assessment of the liberal/left will be the charge. We accept those charges. We accept them because we know they will come. For those of us living outside the walls of privilege, who must nevertheless accept the realities of the colonialist/imperialist-created global South, we don’t have the luxury of comforting illusions. Our lived experiences negate the false history of Europe’s benevolent civilization. We see developing in Europe and the U.S. a very real possibility of a left-right racial convergence fueled by crisis, leftist ideological confusion and what appears to be a mutual commitment to maintaining the global structures of white supremacy.

Understanding the violent history of the Western project and the pathological nature of white supremacy, we are forced to see with crystal clarity that within the context of the volatile economic and social conditions in Europe, giving legitimacy to neo-fascist forces like the ones in Ukraine might just be the fuel needed to ignite that racist, fascist delirium Berneri referred to.

Ajamu Baraka is a human rights activist and organizer. Baraka is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. and editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report. His latest publications include contributions to two recently published books “Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA” and “Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral.”

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White Liberals.

I have come to expect nothing from White Liberals. They'll talk a good game about all subjects, except that of White Supremacy. No White wants to give up their skin privilege.

Left Right Whit Solidarity

Greetings,

Over time my observation has been that the so called American  Left has done the job of protecting the left flank of the ruling elite. They have diverted the energies of people who oppose injustice.

Many years ago an insurgent took the Teamsters union leadership away from the remaing followers of Jimmy Hoffa. The Left lionized this insurgent.  Then this insurgent was accused of a minor violation of a union election procedure.  The Left dropped the insurgent like a hot brick. Jimmy Hoffa's son took over the union, not a beep from the so called Left.  This is just one example.

After WWII Europe was never cleared of facist elements.  You see their remnant today in Ukrain.  Sadley each member of the Congressional Black Causus voted to extend financial aid to the facist in Kiev this past week. Because of Obam's State Dept. instgating this situation the slightest miscalculation by either side could lead to WWIII.

Obam is either an amature, reckless or is serving an unknow agenda.

 

Obama Is Working Somebody Else's Agenda...We've Seen This Before

His agenda is CLEARLY known if you care to see it. He's a shill for the current status quo..the criminal network of bankers that run this country. He is imperialist white ideology in black face--literally.

And the fascist elements that you speak of during WWII--were always here operating and those in Germany, simply were absorbed into the US 'intelligence' agencies, as well as the military industrial complex via Operation Paperclip.

None of what we see happening today is unplanned and coincidental. It has probably been in the works for decades. And if we look at history, this is the standard modus operandi of this system--on the one hand appear to 'give' a concession to the disaffected negroes--this time the 'selection' of Obama--heralded as proof that the US has finally conquered it's 'racial demons'..laughable but most of us WANTED to believe it...all the while the other hand is planning to take away or eliminate same supposed 'gain'...it's been done after the supposed ending of 'official' slavery...we see what happened with Black folk after 'reconstruction'...and it happened again after the civil rights movement with the creation of COINTELPRO and the CIA/Crack Cocaine connection, as well as the misnomered war on drugs which created the gulag system/new plantation that has reversed any 'gains' made during the civil rights movement. This is a game that is continually played on black people b/c we seem to forget our history and how the game is being fixed over and over again.

Left-Wing, Right-Wing: Two Wings on the Same Dirty Ass Bird!!!

Bro. Baraka,

What you're talking about is nothing new.  White liberals and conservatives often ally if it's in their interests to.  In fact, whites of every stripe almost always unite in the interest of maintaining white supremacy.  They did it at the founding of this country when they compromised on slavery and wrote it in the Constitution.  They compromised several times in the 1840s & '50s.  They did it with Dred Scott.  They compromised to end Reconstruction and we languished under 100 years of segregation. 

They did it during the Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton Administrations.  So, we shouldn't be surprised that they're doing it, now!  They fact that we continue to be surprised that our so-called white friends on the left frequently and conveniently abandon us says more about our own insanity (i.e. obsequiousness and gullibility) than it does about them.

We have to understand that the isms, philosophical paradigmns, and labels that whites apply to themselves such as capitalism, communism, conservative, or liberal do not apply to us.  Despite the existence of a petit bourgeousie or middle class and a smattering of black rich people, black people's biggest problem is other's people's desire to control, exploit, and destroy us aka racism.  Having a few more dollars in our pockets and little more education hasn't helped our plight.  There's strength in numbers.  We can only depend on ourselves. The sooner we get it through our heads to better off we'll be.  Unify or die!

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You got that right..all of the isms go out the door when it comes down to it. They ALL play on the same team. Russians are NEVER going to support a wholesale independent black & brown domination of the global economy. At the end of the day, they will all make backroom deals and share info & on the world stage PRETEND that they are mortal enemies. It's a game. lol..the hegelian dialectic at work. The sooner Black people start doing the SAME, the better off we will be. Let us never forget, that the 'west' wouldn't be anything without unfettered access to African natural resources. Their economies could not function. Period. They need us, no the other way around.

You got that right..all of

You got that right..all of the isms go out the door when it comes down to it. They ALL play on the same team. Russians are NEVER going to support a wholesale independent black & brown domination of the global economy. At the end of the day, they will all make backroom deals and share info & on the world stage PRETEND that they are mortal enemies. It's a game. lol..the hegelian dialectic at work. The sooner Black people start doing the SAME, the better off we will be. Let us never forget, that the 'west' wouldn't be anything without unfettered access to African natural resources. Their economies could not function. Period. They need us, no the other way around.

Race vs mentality

I would simply point out 'European cultural mentality' would be a better description of the self destructive insanity of European supremacism. Of course there is a superficial racist component manifests on a large scale consequently, but a dry observation would be some reading at BAR could easily come to rational conclusion Condoleezza is White and George Carlin perhaps was not.

Other than that, I could not agree more with much of what is stated, empire serves European cultural (in the USA as well) supremacy in destructive sense that exploits in ways that can only be perceived as a collective-self-destructive insanity. European mentality generating hate in the course of propping up a hierarchy of supremacy cannot be sustained. Collapse would seem inevitable.

Empires come, empires go (violently, typically)

ps, Europeans were exploiting their own long before they exploited the brown skinned peoples of this world. They've just taken feudalism to an international level

BAR is FRAUD and a front for the JEWS.

I knew all along that BAR was a front because of the most  of the stories that has obvious involvement of JEWS you do your best to never mention them; such as this one on the UKRAINE.

I wrote a comment to this affect yesterday about the JEWS and it was removed and I expect this one will be taken down as well.

THIS is the reason you make it so hard just to make a simple comment ; its so you can censor them.

I would like you to know that I will not bother to make another comment on this webite and I knew GLENN FORD was a fraud from the begining!

 

 



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