‘The purpose of this article is to place these phenomena in the context of a long history of Orientalism directed at Slavic people, in general, and at Russia in particular.’
As it stands today, the U.S./NATO imperialist bloc has its eyes set primarily on two countries: Russia and China. While NATO imperial terror, including economic sanctions and military action, against countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and North Korea constitute exploitative projects in their own right, they also function to encircle Russia and China. Given the importance of Russia as an object of imperial desire, clarity on the character of Russia is imperative in order to understand the current economic and political crisis of imperialism. There are several important aspects to the question of Russia as it stands today.
The narrative of the Democratic Party is that “Russian hackers” rigged the “democratic” elections and that Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin and of Vladimir Putin in particular. There is virtually no substantial evidence for this claim. But what is the significance of this narrative? What are its historical roots?
There is also the common claim by elements of the left that Russia is, in fact, an imperialist power in its own right, primarily for its actions in Crimea, Syria, and Chechnya. However, Russia’s relatively weak economy is characterized primarily by the export of raw materials, rather than the export of finance capital as in imperialist countries. The claim that Russia is an imperialist country has been convincingly argued against both by Sam Williams and by Renfrey Clarke and Roger Annis. But does this claim come from nowhere? What is its intellectual heritage?
The purpose of this article is not to prove that Russia is not imperialist or that Trump is not a Kremlin puppet. Others have already grappled with these questions in a much more thorough way than I am equipped to do. The purpose of this article, rather, is to place these phenomena in the context of a long history of Orientalism directed at Slavic people, in general, and at Russia in particular.
Before proceeding, a brief definition from Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978):
Orientalism is a style of thought based upon ontological and epistemological distinction made between ‘the Orient’ and (most of the time) ‘the Occident.’ Thus a very large mass of writers, among whom are poet, novelists, philosophers, political theorists, economists, and imperial administrators, have accepted the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, ‘mind,’ destiny, and so on… the phenomenon of Orientalism as I study it here deals principally, not with a correspondence between Orientalism and Orient, but with the internal consistency of Orientalism and its ideas about the Orient… despite or beyond any correspondence, or lack thereof, with a ‘real’ Orient. (page 5) 
Whiteness, Nazism, and Bolshevism
On the border between “Europe” and “Asia”, Russians have historically maintained at best a vacillating, conditional relationship with whiteness and “European civilization”. The most historically openly terroristic, revanchist manifestation of European supremacist ideology was undoubtedly Nazism. What was the relationship between Nazism, Bolshevism, and the Slavic peoples?
In his book War and Revolution: Rethinking the Twentieth Century (2015), Italian Marxist Domenico Losurdo seeks to reclaim the revolutionary tradition and re-evaluate the character of Nazism, which he argues has been whitewashed by revisionist historians. Losurdo emphasizes several key points in relation to Nazism and Bolshevism.
Perhaps most importantly, Losurdo argues that in rejecting the revolutionary tradition (from the Jacobins through the Bolsheviks), the revisionist historians have also concealed the colonial character of the Nazi project. Even a cursory reading of Nazi ideology and its goals and practices indicates an essentially colonial dynamic with respect to Jews, Romani, Slavs, and other oppressed peoples. However, U.S. and European historians prefer to whitewash this history, ripping the Holocaust from its historical context and presenting it as an anomaly in human history, rather than an integral manifestation of colonial conquest and imperial terror.
A central aspect of the Nazi project, outlined in Hitler’s Mein Kampf, was the plan to colonize Eastern Europe, specifically through exterminating Eastern Europeans and settling throughout the Soviet Union. What historians have traditionally suppressed is that this plan did not come from nowhere: it was inspired in large part by the U.S. settler-colonization of “North America” and the genocide carried out against both the Indigenous people and the people of Africa. Nazi concentration camps were influenced by U.S. concentration camps (i.e. “Indian reservations”); Nazi eugenics was largely inspired by reactionary U.S. “scientists”.
Anti-Semitism, anti-Ziganism, and anti-Slavic racism fused to produce the fascist Nazi ideology of turning Eastern Europe into an Aryan settler-colony. In this process of counter-revolution, Nazi ideology racialized its most ferocious enemy: Bolshevism. Bolshevism, a revolutionary working class movement, was the primary existential threat to Nazism, the counter-revolution of big capital. The Bolsheviks, who supported the rebellion of the toiling colonized masses, were the antithesis of imperialism in general and especially its Nazi iteration. Losurdo writes:[Revisionist historiography] forgets that, in addition to calling for the transformation of the imperialist war into revolutionary civil war, the Bolsheviks also appealed to the slaves of the colonies to break their chains and wage wars of national liberation against the imperial domination of the great powers. Such repression makes it impossible adequately to understand Nazism and Fascism, which also presented themselves as a movement in reaction – extreme reaction – against this second appeal. (p 103)
Nazi demagogues painted the Russian Revolution as a “Judeo-Bolshevik” conspiracy, bankrolled by the supposedly economy-controlling Jewish capitalists. As Bolshevism, a movement born out of Russia, took on an anti-colonial character, Russian workers were increasingly racialized for “betraying” Europe and placing their lot with the oppressed rather than with imperialism and colonialism. In a way, this process was the opposite from what took place among ethnic minorities in the United States, particularly Italians, Poles, and Irish. While the latter groups assimilated into whiteness fully from their conditional status through embracing cross-class white supremacy (and especially anti-Black racism), the Bolsheviks embraced the toiling masses and national liberation; thus, their “whiteness” was “revoked.” Hitler himself stated directly in Mein Kampf that the Tsarist Empire was a product of “the state-forming efficacity of the German element in an inferior race,” whereas the “inferior” Slavic elements took power in October 1917.
The racialization of Bolshevism was a direct manifestation of historical Orientalism. Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler told a group of Waffen SS fascists three weeks after the invasion of the Soviet Union:
When you, my men, fight over there in the East, you are carrying on the same struggle, against the same subhumanity, the same inferior races, that at one time appeared under the name of Huns, another time- 1000 years ago at the time of King Henry and Otto I- under the name of Magyars, another time under the name of Tartars, and still another time under the name of Genghis Khan and the Mongols. Today they appear as Russians under the political banner of Bolshevism.
However, this was not the first time that the Soviet Union faced an invasion of reactionary terror. After October 1917, the Bolsheviks fought a “civil” war against the pro-Tsar White Army, the latter enjoying military support from 14 countries. As Losurdo notes, the anti-Semitic pogroms and lynchings carried out by the anti-Bolshevik White Army against Russian Jews and other ethnicities was “a chapter of history that seems to be a direct prelude to Nazi genocide.” Anti-Bolshevism, anti-Slavic racism, and colonialism thus became intermeshed in the anti-Semitic Nazi program of extermination. Losurdo explains:
Denunciation of October  as a Judeo-Bolshevik conspiracy now reached its most tragic conclusion. General Blum communicated the orders received: ‘Eastern Jewry constitutes the intellectual reserve of Bolshevism and hence, in the Führer’s opinion, must be destroyed.’ As well as building the new colonial empire, the crusade in the East now aimed to detect and destroy the bacillus of dissolution wherever it was to be found. The ‘poison of dissolution’ that acted via Bolshevik cadres was to be neutralized once and for all, but without forgetting that ‘the chief “carriers of the Bolshevik infection” ‘ were the Jews. In Goebbels’ words, ‘Jewish terror’ was the core of ‘eastern Bolshevism’, that mortal enemy of civilization. The Jews were doubly Oriental and doubly barbarous. They were an ‘Asiatic people’ alien to Europe and the West, as had been stressed by Houston Chamberlain and the anti-Semitic tradition that fed into Nazism; they therefore formed part of the ‘native’ populations. Furthermore, they were the inspirers of ‘eastern Bolshevism’ – were, in fact, the ethnic basis of the virus eroding civilization that was to be eliminated for good. (page 190)
This racist ideology of anti-Semitism provided the ideological narrative for the Nazi colonial project, which killed millions of Jews, Slavs, Romani, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and other oppressed groups. According to Nazism, Russia, far from being a bastion of “Aryan civilization”, was a “host body” of the “Judeo-Bolshevik virus” that “infected” Europe.
The relationship that Russians and other Slavic peoples have with whiteness today cannot be evaluated in isolation from the history of Nazism and the racialization of Slavs and Bolshevism that went hand-in-hand with anti-Semitism and the entire Nazi project, a project deeply rooted in settler-colonialism, directly inspired by the United States and Canada.
Hannah Arendt and “totalitarianism”
Most bourgeois historians have suppressed the colonial character of Nazi Germany and its conquest of Eastern Europe. Instead, they have gone as far as to conflate the USSR under Stalin and the Third Reich under Hitler as equally oppressive dictatorships. They conceptualize World War II and surrounding geopolitics as the struggle between “democracy” (imperialist U.S., Britain, etc.) and “dictatorship” (“Stalinism”, Nazism).
One of the most popular ideologues of this argument was the Heideggerian philosopher Hannah Arendt for the theory of “totalitarianism”, which equates Nazism with Communism (or “Stalinism”). Other proponents of this theory included George Kennan, Arthur Koestler, and George Orwell. In effect, this framework asserts that despotism “infected” the “civilized world” (Europe) through the “uncivilized” and “barbaric” peoples of Africa and Asia.
In The Post-Colonialism of “Cold War” Discourses (1988), William Pietz asserts that Cold War discourse displaced colonial discourse in the aftermath of World War II. Note that George Kennan located “totalitarianism” in the “Oriental mind” of Russians:[Russian] fanaticism, unmodified by any of the Anglo-Saxon traditions of compromise, was too fierce and too jealous to envisage any permanent sharing of power. From the Russian-Asiatic world out of which they had emerged they had carried with them a skepticism as to the possibilities of permanent or peaceful coexistence of rival forces. Here caution, circumspection, flexibility, and deception are the valuable qualities; and their value finds natural appreciation in the Russian or the oriental mind.
Hannah Arendt followed suit, asserting that “totalitarianism” was something “learned” from African tribes:
When the Boers, in their fright and misery, decided to use these savages as though they were just another form of animal life, they embarked upon a process which could only end with their own degeneration into a white race living beside and together with black races from whom in the end they would differ only in the color of their skin. They had transformed themselves into a tribe and had lost the European’s feeling for a territory, a patria of his own. They behaved exactly like the black tribes who had roamed the Dark Continent for centuries.
My point is not the awful, Conradian diction or even the stark conceptual separation between the European and the African. It is the effect upon the Boers and thence – so the retrograde diffusionist argument goes – upon Europe. We “degenerate” into a race-based, primitive and nomadic, rootless ‘tribe’ (or ‘race organization’) no better than them. Thanks to this contact with the primitive, not only do we come to think in terms of race (i.e. in a racist way), but this mode of thinking later morphs into a tribal nationalism that, in turn, becomes modern anti-Semitism and totalitarianism (‘a whole outlook on life and the world’). This last phenomenon ‘lies in the nature of tribalism rather than in political facts and circumstances.’
Instead of locating the origins of fascism in the colonial violence of capitalism, it is located in the mind of the Oriental despot who, like a virus, has spread from the East into Aryan civilization. Pietz elaborates:
It was Arendt’s signal achievement to frame a set of historically grounded political concepts capable of locating the origin of ‘totalitarianism’ in general and modern European anti-Semitism in particular – and by implication, the responsibility for the Nazi holocaust – outside Europe, in the savage ‘tribalism’ of ‘the Dark Continent.’
The colonized are blamed for an outgrowth of colonialism itself; the socialist tradition is condemned as the catalyst for the very system most antagonistic towards it, fascism. Pietz states:
American cold war discourse about totalitarianism served a double function: in regard to the Soviets, it justified a policy of global anti-communism by reinterpreting all struggles for national self-determination in terms of the geopolitical contest for zones of power against totalitarian Russia; in regard to Nazi Germany, it saved the traditional pre-war faith concerning ‘the values of Western civilization’ held by post-war foreign-policy ‘wise men’ by displacing the human essence of fascism into the non-Western world… The necessary conscience-soothing exorcism was achieved by affirming the equation of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, combined with an historical interpretation of the essential Orientalness of the Russian mentality. The basic argument is that ‘totalitarianism’ is nothing other than traditional Oriental despotism plus modern police technology. The appearance of the first truly totalitarian state in the heart of Europe was thus an accident, explainable by the fact that the technology permitting totalitarianism was invented by Western science and was thus first accessible in the West. Moreover, Germany’s totalitarian moment is characterized by Kennan as a ‘relapse’ into barbarism; far from showing a flaw in Western culture, it proved the need for constant alertness in preserving our distinctly Western values.
A supposedly anti-racist theory reveals its racism in its implied upholding of “Western values”, a distinctly fascistic, colonial ideal. As “European civilization” faces an existential threat of “barbarism”, it tightens its ranks and purges itself of all but the purest elements. According to the Orientalist worldview, Russians have only been able to masquerade as white due to their frequent contact with Europe. However, once the veil is lifted, an essentially Oriental mind is revealed. Pietz again writes:
History – specifically the pre-modern geopolitics of the Eurasian ‘ecumene’ which produced the ‘Russian-Asiatic world’ – explains the Oriental essence of the Russian mind. This mentality is distinguished by its ability, after centuries of direct contact with Europe, to appear civilized and to use this facade of civility for its own barbaric ends.
Not only was Cold War discourse anti-communist; it, in effect was also deeply racist, Orientalist, and provided cover for Nazi terror and its colonial origins. While Russians may have enjoyed conditional whiteness under Tsarism via participation in European imperialism, this privilege was quickly revoked upon the world-historic Bolshevik revolution for its anti-colonial character. The facade of whiteness evaporated, and all that was left was Oriental despotism, or so the racists argue.
On the one side there is Bolshevism, national liberation, and revolution; on the other, Nazism, colonialism, and imperial conquest. To reject the former is to provide tacit support for the later.
Russian “exceptionalism” and Eurocentrism
A Eurocentric view of history asserts that, while Europe exists as a dynamic, linearly progressing bastion of “civilization”, the “uncivilized” world (Africa, Latin America, Asia, and other places) is static and dormant. The “uncivilized” people have no history, existing as a feature of nature itself rather than as an active agent within it.
This teleological worldview attempts to measure all social formations by the standard of the development of industrial capitalism that took place in Europe. Of course, it sidelines the fact that western Europe developed the way it did precisely because of colonialism and genocide enacted on the rest of the world.
Even Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, in their earlier works, fell into this trap with the concept of an “Asiatic mode of production” separate from the slave, feudal, and capitalist modes of production as they developed in Europe. This idea is based on an understanding of Georg Hegel’s concept of The Oriental Realm .
Marx outlines several basic features of this supposed mode of production in Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations (1857-58):
…as is the case in most Asiatic fundamental forms, it is quite compatible with the fact that the all-embracing unity which stands above all these small common bodies may appear as the higher or sole proprietor, the real communities only as hereditary possessors…
Oriental despotism therefore appears to lead to a legal absence of property, in most cases created through a combination of manufacture and agriculture within the small community which thus becomes entirely self-sustaining and contains within itself all conditions of production and surplus production.
This unfortunately aligns with the common racist myth that the “Orient” has a tendency towards despotism and dictatorship, which has intellectual roots dating all the way back to Aristotle .
Not only was this concept for the most part dropped by Marx and Engels, but Samir Amin (a Marxist) has theorized a “tributary mode of production” that encapsulates both European feudalism and economic systems based on land ownership in east Asia. However, the “left” has latched onto this “exceptionalism” for the East, continuing to characterize Russia as a timeless, supernatural social formation of Oriental despotism.
The Soviet Union, formed on the basis of the Russian Revolution of 1917, was quickly denounced by left communists as non-socialist, especially under Stalin. However, these theorists were unable to argue that the USSR was a capitalist formation in the traditional sense, because it clearly functioned like no capitalist society to ever have existed. Thus, “left” detractors of the Soviet Union resorted to creating ad hoc economic categories much like the way “Asiatic mode of production” was used to characterized the “exceptional” nature of the “Orient”.
Raya Dunayevskaya characterized Soviet Russia’s economy as “state capitalism”:
Since under the specific Russian state capitalism legal title to the means of production as well as the competitive market for such means have been abolished, how is appropriation achieved?
Inasmuch as private property in the means of production has been abolished in Russia, it is a deviation from the juridical concept to permit accumulation within any enterprise since the state aims to increase only ‘national capital’. Nevertheless, with the establishment of ‘ruble control’, enterprises were permitted to accumulate internally…
The Stalinist Constitution of 1936 recognized the intelligentsia as a special ‘group’, distinct from workers and peasants. With this juridical acknowledgement of the existence of a new ruling class went the guarantee of the protection of state property from ‘thieves and misappropriatiors.’
Compare this with Marx’s statement above that “Oriental despotism therefore appears to lead to a legal absence of property”; compare “national capital” and “new ruling class” with “the higher or sole proprietor”. The Asiatic mode of production makes a reappearance, in so many words. Again, the despots of the Orient have achieved the impossible: capitalism without capital, and a ruling class with no legal property rights. Stalinist totalitarianism thus became the latest iteration of Oriental despotism.
Hillel Ticktin called the Soviet Union’s economy a “non-mode of production”; yet again, Asiatic production exists outside of history, time, and space. It is a static, non-society without a mode of production and subsequently a political and cultural life. Italian “socialist” Bruno Rizzi and later a faction of the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP) characterized the Soviet Union’s economy not as socialist but rather as “bureaucratic collectivist”:
In the USSR the ‘nationalisation’ of property came in one swoop following the October revolution, but, since the concept of nationalisation has no scientific validity in Russia, in effect this was the generalisation in one swoop of state capitalism and its foster brother statism.
What has happened to the economy? Has it become socialist? No, says Trotsky. Is it still capitalist? No, we say, precisely because of the law of the transformation of quantity into quality; it is Bureaucratic Collectivism.
Dunayevskaya, Ticktin, and Rizzi thus all latched onto the idea of an Asiatic mode of production. An Oriental despot (Stalin) has appropriated the (collective) means of production through totalitarian rule, absent legal property ownership. This application of the so-called Asiatic mode of production to the Soviet Union was put forth even more explicitly by Karl August Wittfogel in Oriental Despotism (1957), in which he “observed a transition from the old despotic governments to a new form of despotism represented by communist Russia, which could be considered as a new version of industrial-bureaucratic despotism.”
The ghost of Oriental despotism and the Asiatic mode of production made an appearance yet again with the theory of Soviet “social-imperialism,” which Albert Szymanski argued against . This charge that the Soviet Union was “socialist in words, imperialist in deeds” was first asserted by the Communist Party of China, and subsequently taken up by the Party of Labour of Albania and numerous U.S. Maoist groups in the New Communist Movement. Yet again, the Slavic despots have achieved the impossible: an imperialist version of socialism, and yet another (imperialist) ruling class with no legal property rights.
As left communists and U.S. Maoists alike have noted, legal property relations are secondary to productive relations, which underlie the economic life of a given society. Of course, this is true; but to assert that the two can be wholly incongruent is an exercise in metaphysics. In this model, the Superstructure has a life wholly independent from the Base; form has transcended content.
In The ‘State Capitalist’ and ‘Bureaucratic Exploitative’ Interpretations of the Soviet Social Formation: A Critique (1978), David Laibman produces an incisive critique of all of these trends:
The power of capital, then is exercised through a heterogeneity of institutional structures no one of which, taken in isolation, manifests that function… Adequate comprehension of capitalism requires this complex structuring of concepts in which the capitalist function is determinant at the level of production relations but is simultaneously constituted by the proximate forms in which it is manifested. This approach must be contrasted with rationalist methodology of ideal types which focuses on ‘essences’ or ‘deep structures’ as uniquely ‘real’ and the proximate forms as mere illustrations ‘at a lower level of abstraction’ No more than the Hegelian Absolute Idea can the capital concept exist in disembodied form. Capital is not reducible to its form of existence; but neither is it separable from these forms…
Capitalist production relations, and in particular the existence of a capitalist class or bourgeoisie, are not like a disembodied spirit that can inhabit one or another juridical form – i.e., state vs. private property – at will. As an important application of the dialectic of the production relations as a complex structure, one can neither merge the property form and the ‘social process of appropriation’ and mistake the form for the real relation itself; nor separate them, and speak of the underlying class relation as one of real ‘appropriation’ etc., without explaining the source and reproduction of the power appropriate.
In other words, Marxist dialectics allow us to understand the underlying relations of production in a given society through the really existing institutions and mechanisms that facilitate and reproduce them. Capitalism cannot persist without means by which to maintain and reproduce the accumulation of Capital. Capitalism is not some “inner essence” that invisibly persists in the DNA of a given society; it is a real process involving real actors and real mechanisms and institutions. Legal institutions are not identical with capitalist exploitation as such but they cannot be an isolated phenomenon wholly separate from the economic system of a given society.
Laibman aptly locates these critiques not in Marxism, but in Hegelianism, a philosophy of teleology, rationalism, and Eurocentrism. The Asiatic mode of production and the ruling class without legal property rights are wholly alien to Marxism. While those who call themselves Marxists have continuously put forth the arguments of Dunayevskaya and Rizzi as it applies to Russia, their arguments are both anti-Marxist and Orientalist in essence.
It is within this intellectual tradition that the new thesis emerges: since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation has developed into a modern imperialist power, some claim even in the Leninist sense. While the form (Stalinist totalitarianism) is long gone, the content (Russian despotism) has lingered on. Tsarism, Stalinism, and Putinism are each manifestations of Oriental despotism, an inherent feature of the ahistorical Slav.
It would be quite difficult to argue that Russian Federation can be characterized as an imperialist power in the Leninist sense. Economic arguments aside, the “Russian imperialism” thesis cannot be separated from the theses above: state capitalism, bureaucratic collectivism, and the Asiatic mode of production. If the Russian Federation, boasting an economy based on the export of raw materials, constitutes an imperialist power, it would be the strangest one to ever exist.
Yet again, the Slavs have transcended reality: a ruling class without legal property ownership, capitalism without capital, socialism with imperialism; and now, imperialism without finance capital. Clearly, at least among the liberal left, arguments about “Russian imperialism” are based much more on racist fears and imperial chauvinism than a sober appraisal of Russia’s economic situation.
The liberal media projects constant fear about Russian encroachment onto NATO territories, and has blasted Russia’s air assistance to the Syrian government. They have also condemned Russian “interference” in Crimea and the Donbass, despite the high concentration of ethnic Russians in these territories and Crimea’s landslide vote to join Russia . The spectre of “Oriental Despotism” has returned to Europe, the United States, and the rest of the “free world”, hellbent on undermining Aryan civilization.
All of this is very ironic, given that NATO has been quietly deploying thousands of troops to the Russian border in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Estonia for months now; and given that a far-right, NATO-backed military junta rules over Ukraine, persecuting ethnic minorities such as Jews, Romani, and Russians. This continuous uptick in anti-Russian hysteria has most recently manifested in the charges by the Democratic Party and its supporters that in fact Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin in its plot to expand its Empire’s influences across the globe.
The Democratic Party and imperial decay
In The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852), Marx famously noted: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
If Cold War conspiracies were a tragedy, the contemporary anti-Russian conspiracies of the Democratic Party are a farce. It is obvious, and thus has been widely noted, that the smear campaign against Russia reeks of McCarthyism and Cold War hysteria. This hysteria is in no way limited to the Democratic Party elite. Rachel Maddow spent over half of March talking about Russia. Newt Gingrich has even called for the establishment of a new House Un-American Activities Committee. The bourgeois television news has gone as far as to “accidentally” refer to the Russian Federation as the Soviet Union. While the Soviet Union has been gone for over 25 years, the spectre of “Asiatic despotism” continues to haunt the paranoid Western powers.
Yet again, Arendt-esque Cold War discourse comes into play, this time perhaps through an even more openly Orientalist form. U.S. society cannot come to terms with the fact that President Donald Trump is a direct product of centuries of settler-colonialism and white supremacy. So, it blames Russia for “infecting” “American culture” with Asiatic despotism, this time in the form of Putinism. The racist logic of this argument is no different than Arendt’s and the original Cold War fear-mongering. Therein lies the basis for re-asserting “American values”, which in itself constitutes an ideology of white supremacist terror.
The red scare is being replayed through a broken projector; while the original McCarthyist witch hunts were an ascendant imperialist power’s expression of fear of socialism, today’s Russophobia is the desperate sigh of U.S. imperialism in utter decay. Russia is threatening to U.S. imperial interests because the U.S. is failing. Recent U.S. imperial conquests, especially in Syria, have been largely unsuccessful, and all the oppressed of the world continue to fight as the economic and political crisis of imperialism only deepens.
Ava Lipatti is a Marxist, anti-imperialist, feminist activist and writer. Her blog can be found at lonelyhourreflections.wordpress.com. There, you can read her article: Chinese socialism and the legacy of Maoism, July 31, 2017.
Notes by Roger Annis:
 From Wikipedia:
Since the publication of Edward Said‘s Orientalism in 1978, much academic discourse has begun to use the term ‘Orientalism’ to refer to a general patronizing Western attitude towards Middle Eastern, Asian and North African societies. In Said’s analysis, the West essentializes these societies as static and undeveloped—thereby fabricating a view of Oriental culture that can be studied, depicted, and reproduced. Implicit in this fabrication, writes Said, is the idea that Western society is developed, rational, flexible, and superior… In 2014, Daniel Lazare wrote a brilliant review of Timothy Snyder’s 2010 book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. You can read it here: Timothy Syner’s lies. Snyder is a leading exponent of the ‘equivalency’ school of Western historians who equate Nazism and communism. As in Ava Lipatti’s essay here, Lazare explores how some historians go so far as to argue that communism, (Bolshevism) in Russia was a much worse evil than fascism because, it is argued, Bolshevism was largely responsible for the rise of Nazism!
Read about The Hampton Institute here. The institute is located in Clifton Park, New York (Albany region).
Vanity Fair suggests Russians are ‘hopeless primitives’ from a medieval country, commentary by Bryan MacDonald, RT.com, April 18, 2017 (Bryan MacDonald is an Irish journalist based in Russia. He writes regularly on RT’s ‘Op Edge’ commentary feature.)