A question to the left on Iran: Can the people make history or not?

Mike Ely at International Journal of Socialist Renewal on the left response to the Iran protests and why the foe of my foe is often not a friend.

There is a self-deceptive politics (among some leftists) that seeks to prettify all kinds of reactionary forces that (for one reason or another) are in opposition to US imperialism — including Islamic reactionaries, Kim Jung Il, “hardline” revisionists of the Li Peng and Eric Honecker type and so on. And in the process they have a real, almost startling, hostility toward sections of the people who rise up in important if still-inarticulate ways.

My sense is that such politics arise from a despair over actually developing our own revolutionary forces — and a resigned assumption that we have no other alternative but to fall behind any forces (ugly, oppressive, reactionary or not) who (one way or another) seem to be on the United States’ shit list.

This is not a uni-polar world with only one defining contradiction. Yes, we understand (and must understand) that the US acts as a central pillar of world capitalism ”¦ but it is hardly the only pillar or the only reactionary force.

Read the whole article, it’s definitely worth spending time on.

Tip: Dave Riley