Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

July 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s snitch pissed off at Jacobin

Filed under: humor,Saudi Arabia,Stalinism — louisproyect @ 11:56 pm

If I was Norton, I wouldn’t take this lying down. I’d get together with Molly Klein, Jacob Levich and John Steppling to organize a foursome workshop on “Jacobin delenda est” at the next Left Forum.


  1. What progressive revolution in the Philippines could he be referring to ? No one on the left is against the Philippine independence movements of 100+ years ago, so it must be something else. A Duterte supporter ?

    Comment by Bill — July 17, 2017 @ 11:31 am

  2. On Twitter, Norton got angry about C.J. Chanco’s article on the Philippines in Dissent (https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/marawi-crisis-philippines-terror-tyranny-duterte-maute-cpp). Norton does not know anything about the Philippine left or about the division of labour the Philippine Maoists have among their legal and their underground wings – so he couldn’t understand why, despite fighting between the government and the Maoist guerilla’s, Chanco can refer to a ‘strained yet enduring alliance’ between the CPP and Duterte. What triggered Norton is probably that Chanco referred to Yassin Al Haj-Saleh. Norton also assumed Chanco was not a Filipino since he is in Canada at the moment, and he repeated the CPP’s claim that the Maoists are fighting IS – a statement that everybody who is somewhat familiar with Philippine politics know is ridiculous claim, made for an audience of clueless fellow-travellers

    Comment by Alex de Jong — July 18, 2017 @ 8:36 am

  3. I know the Philippines very well and have a lot of family there. And not rich family. The establishment Left, aka Bayan, Gabriela, and allied Maoists, joined Duterte’s government because they are corrupt, pure and simple. A taste of power and some money.

    He gave them 3 minor spots in his cabinet and that has shut them up. Getting into cabinet positions gives them a flow of funds into their movement , but more likely their bank accounts. Too bad for them, because when the revolt comes they have rendered themselves obsolete.

    The entire country is primed for revolt because it is a young population, and the leading political figures have been around forever and are uniformly terrible.

    Comment by Bill — July 29, 2017 @ 2:25 am

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