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By Richard Seymour

All empires spin self-serving myths, and within the US the main powerful of those is that the United States is a strength for democracy worldwide. but there's a culture of yankee anti-imperialism that exposes this deceptive mythology. American Insurgents is a stunning, revelatory background of anti-imperialism within the usa because the American Revolution. It charts the pursuits opposed to empire from the Indian Wars and the expansionism of the slave South to the Anti-Imperialist League of Mark Twain and Jane Addams. Seymour crafts a full of life and obvious rationalization of why a few of these hobbies succeeded and others failed. the result's an essential standpoint for these organizing antiwar resistance this day.

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The first right-wing break from New Democracy had been LAOS, a racist-nationalist party which entered the parliament in 2007. Its leadership contained veteran fascists. It joined a pro-memorandum caretaker coalition in 2011, and suffered at the subsequent general election a few months later as a result. Out of its collapse arose the outright fascists of Golden Dawn. Some LAOS MPs also defected back to New Democracy. That did not mark the restoration of the ‘moderate’ centre right. It served to accelerate New Democracy’s turn to authoritarianism and racism.

One consequence was that New Democracy was dominated by old-style paternalistic politicians of the right. The familial and institutional connections with the traditionally anti-democratic establishment remained strong. At the same time, like the rest of the centre right in the 1980s and 1990s, it tried to be the party of economic liberalism – in the ThatcherReagan model. In popular appeal, however, national conservative themes of patriotism, religious Orthodoxy, anti-Communism and anti-immigrant racism played heavily.

So I have tried to avoid traditional left language, which may not be understood by that audience. I do so in the spirit of solidarity with the left in Greece, a country I have known well for over 30 years, and from the standpoint of trying to contribute to the development of movements for social transformation and of a powerful radical left across Europe. In foregrounding points of debate and criticism there is always a danger of sowing demoralisation and cynicism. Those are breeding grounds for the right.

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