Brasilia, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016) on Friday said that the war in Ukraine paves the way for the assertion of the multipolar world.

“Multi-polar” literally just means there are multiple “poles” of power. This is in contrast to the “unipolar” world order the US set up after WWII. Unipolarity is the real historical anomaly here.

There is nothing inherently radical about wanting a “multipolar world.” Do you know why we wound up with a unipolar world to start with? The capitalist international system was “multipolar” up until the end of WWII. WWI and WWII were the result of “multipolarity.” America took advantage of the chaos to position themselves as world hegemon. This is not an inherently stable configuration for capitalism so it’s now falling apart after a few generations. Now we have “multiple poles” again when in reality having multiple great powers competing for power and influence has literally always been the norm.

It is plainly in the rational self-interest of every state other than the US to want a multipolar world, but in fact, all it means is the collapse of American hegemony.

In case anyone is confused, I’m not in favor of American hegemony, I think there is no winning within the capitalist world-system and literally the only bright spot of a “multipolar” capitalist world system in contrast to postwar American hegemony is that global capitalism overall will be less stable. But that’s explicitly not why Dilma Roussef et al want a multipolar world.

I wrote something with the same conclusion here:
https://lemmy.ml/post/181612

Absolutely based Lemmy blogger o7

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If Russia wants to get on the “civilized” side they have centuries of colonialism, slavery, genocide and imperialism that they will have to catch up on. Don’t think they have it in them to accomplish this in the near future right now.

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Yes please tell me about how the Russian empire has committed atrocities as bad as the genocide of American natives and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Lenin and Trotsky weren’t far behind! Just ask the Cronstadt citizens or the Ukranian farmers… woops can’t they’ve all been massacred by the red army because they wanted actual communism (anarchy) and not a dictatorship of the proletariat.

Since the downvotes are starting, I strongly recommend to read Emma Goldman’s historical analysis on this topic before you make yourself an opinion :)

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The point isn’t whether whatever threshold of depravity is acceptable. You described the opposition to Russia as “civilized” which is a western chauvinistic and white supremacist point of view. Only wanted to point that out.

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Westoid mad

Yeah westerners are so “civilized”, you fucking Usonians are the biggest beasts I’ve seen in the world so shut the fuck up when speaking shit about third world countries your people has been annihilating for the last hundred years.

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Who’s supposed to be the barbarians? There’s plenty of those to go around. From an etymological perspective, “barbarian” just meant foreigners in the latin context. From a political perspective, if you mean countries who don’t respect basic human rights… well that’s pretty much the entire planet (maybe except Chiapas?).

I live in a barbarian country (France) that’s imposed its colonial will throughout the world and murdered and exploited dozens of millions of people both here and abroad. Nothing civilized to see here… or in Russia/China/USA, for that matter. It’s all the same nationalist shit.

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Dehumanizing your political opponents certainly does not help to have a good understanding of the situation. Russia is not more or less civilized than “the west”. The whole “we are civilized” trope is what justified the colonial enterprise in the first place (“white men saving brown women from brown men”). We can do better. Of course Russia is an autocracy, just like the west is a neoliberal plutocracy (far from a democracy), but that doesn’t mean that Russians are somehow inhuman. This kind of war tropes is racist and reminds me of propaganda from WWI/WWII (where each side painted the other as a kind of gorilla or other monster). After all these atrocities committed by all sides during these wars, we should probably agree that war is barbaric and only the industry profits from it: demonizing an entire population does not help avoid war, it’s a tool used to manipulate people into accepting war.

As we speak, they are putting people in jail for speaking out against their war. (…) Do tell me, which civilized country does that? Does France do that?

Yes, very much so. I myself have been arrested countless times for political activities. Jean-Marc Rouillan (who spent more than 20 years in prison as a political prisoner) was sentenced to six months jail time for denouncing both France and Daech and refusing to acknowledge State-imposed narrative in that conflict. I know of different activist networks who have been jailed or otherwise investigated as part of a “criminal organization” for their political activities, one person of whom remains in prison and last i heard is starting a hunger strike this week (he’s been maintained in isolation since 8th december 2020 and hasn’t had a trial, and is accused of thought crimes not an actual crime). France has a strong history of jailing/murdering dissidents, but it’s not just France though: the USA has a very similar history. You can lookup CoIntelPro, Fred Hampton, Mummia Abu Jamal, Angela Davis… Julian Assange?

So yes i agree with you, “no civilized country does that”. The problem is there is no civilized nation on this Earth as they are driven by power and profit, which are the enemies of human progress.

DeHuMaNiZinG nAziS iS BaD

southerntofu’s past few days of posting amidst the Russia-Ukraine conflict is very revealing of the immense NATO apologia, and this user is purely attempting to gaslight Lemmy now. He already called me a Russian Empire puppet.

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I’m not saying nazis should be treated gently. I appreciate the importance and cost of struggles, and do believe in the therapeutic values of a punch in a nazi’s faith (realizing how much people hate your nazi ideology may help you get connected to reality). But, this being said, i am strongly against dehumanizing nazis as it’s not helping them become anything else, and it’s not helping us develop an actual opposition to nazism as an ideology/praxis.

Demonization/dehumanization is what the liberal western establishment has been doing to the fascists ever since WWII and where has it lead us? It leads to a superficial (mis)understanding of nazism/fascism where it’s not evident why so many millions of people have suddenly become crazy and started slaughtering their neighbors. It does not account for racist propaganda and the “manufacture of consent”, authoritarian tendencies and centralized State apparatus, ordinary political repression (“first they came for…”).

In the aftermath of WWII, dehumanization is the process that enabled to chop a few heads (Nuremberg trials) and then consider the matter resolved, without any concern for:

  • putting on trial the industrials who supported Hitler (the trial was supposed to happen but never took place, as outlined in the Fascism Inc. documentary)
  • the long history of racial hierarchies and cultural supremacy in Europe long before the nazis rose to power, and long after they were defeated: Hitler did not invent concentration camps, political repression or racial hierarchies, and he’s certainly not the last to have done that in Europe

On a timeline that’s closer to me as a live being, demonizing the Front National here in France has not helped to defeat it. Why? Because while the Front National has (over decades) become slightly more moderate in its discourse, the entire political apparatus from left (PCF) to right (UMP/LR) has shifted to a profoundly racist and securitarian agenda which was justified (in their claims) by the idea that if “immigration” and “security” themes are the monopoly of the Front National, then surely the Front National will rise to power. So by both dehumanizing fascists while at the same time (re)building their own brand of french fascism, they have in essence bolstered fascism and racist discourse in a way that most people (myself included) twenty years ago would have not thought possible.

Fascism, like any structure of oppression, has many facets, some of which traverse all of us. Fascism is a direct by-product and the logical conclusion of capitalism. Pointing the finger at specific manifestations of fascism without looking at the whole picture is feel-goodism to sleep at night, but fails to address the power structures and political/economic incentives driving the rise of fascist discourse in all veins of society.

Fuck fascism. Fuck France. Fuck NATO. Vive la Commune!

Demonization/dehumanization is what the liberal western establishment has been doing to the fascists ever since WWII and where has it lead us?

Oh, and what is then exactly the Cold War and McCarthyism? What is Russophobia and Sinophobia? What is the hatred for black/brown/non-Caucasian immigrants in white countries?

And what is NATO’s Chief being the same as Hitler’s army chief? Or Werner von Braun being head of NASA? Or Kurt Waldheim being the UN Secretary General? Or Walter Hallstein being Head of EU Commission?

Writing long “both sides bad” paragraphs is not going to let you get away with this. Go balance NATO media if you are so adamant, because that is the dominant tool for actual colonialists. Calling Russia empire/colonialist/imperialist is pure white lies and an attempt to whitewash Anglo-Saxon doings by omission of argument.

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