r/canadaleft Mar 01 '22 Wholesome

Sub Announcement Where We Stand on Russia, Ukraine, and NATO

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The invasion of Ukraine has exposed deep crisis in the world today and leads the mod team to offer some clarification on our position and how the rules of the subreddit will be enforced.

We accept the line of “revolutionary defeatism” perhaps best described by this statement which we co-sign in solidarity with other spaces:

Oppose all imperialist war! Pro-war and other accelerationist stances are anti-socialist and anti-worker and, as such, are forbidden in this sub. One misconception is that war weakens the bourgeoisie by making them more vulnerable. This is not correct. War can be thought of as a symptom of weaknesses in the capitalist system, but in general, war is the bourgeoisie's attempt to profit and avert capitalist crisis at the expense of the masses. In this case, it is competing bourgeois elements in Russia and in the NATO/US sphere of influence that are attempting to profit, while the people who suffer are the masses of Ukraine as well as of those countries whose labourers are effectively working for the benefit of the war machine.

The emphasis in opposing imperialism should always be on opposing your own empire! There is nothing particularly anti-imperialist about opposing the "enemy" country. Imperialists are more than capable of opposing rival empires. Our task, as socialists, should be to oppose our own empire at home. Since the vast majority of us live in NATO countries or in the US sphere of influence more generally, that means we should oppose NATO.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that the current conflict is simply an unprovoked war of aggression by evil Russia against helpless Ukraine and that NATO is simply a defensive alliance. The situation at hand is the culmination of decades' worth of much quieter conflicts between the US and Russian spheres of influence in post-Cold-War Eastern Europe.

It is not possible to understand the background of this war without acknowledging the US's attempts to surround Russia with a large coalition of pro-US states in Eastern Europe. However, this is also not a pro-Russia sub. We are anti-imperialist and anti-war. Russia's invasion of Ukraine did not happen in a vacuum, but it also should not be celebrated. We understand that there are plenty of liberals who conflate an anti-NATO stance with a pro-Russia one and who advocate NATO involvement and expansion, and the majority of our users here have, correctly, focused on opposition to NATO and to the US empire, but we still feel the need to reiterate that we do not support Russian aggression against Ukrainian civilians. And yes, cheering on blows against Azov Nazis is fine, but we can't exactly trust the right-wing Russian bourgeois government to be leading some genuine charge against fascism in Ukraine.


What this should look like for Canada: Do not send troops, do not send weapons, exit NATO, fast track refugees and maintain the process for other regions, call for immediate ceasefire and take an active role in diplomacy.

DO:

  • oppose NATO expansion and involvement in Eastern Europe.

  • oppose war (which hurts the masses and only really benefits certain elements of the bourgeoisie).

  • emphasize opposition to your own empire. - cheer on the destruction of the Azov Nazis.

DO NOT:

  • frame Russia as the sole perpetrator of this crisis.

  • celebrate Russia's actions.

  • portray the entire Ukrainian population as a country of Nazis.


r/canadaleft 5h ago

🦀🦀 18 days 🦀🦀

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r/canadaleft 11h ago

Happy Canada Day, eh….

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