Israel Shamir: The Struggle for Hegemony in the US

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The trend to topple monuments returned to America like a boomerang: until now they were toppled only by American order. The supporters of America toppled monuments to Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, to Dzerzhinsky in Moscow, to Lenin in Kiev, to the Russian soldier-liberator in Tallinn and Warsaw. And now the trend came back home to America.

The idea behind all of these cases is always the same – the fight for hegemony. Winners topple monuments of the defeated. And the defeated spitefully grumble, but can’t do anything.

Hegemony in the United States is in the hands of liberals, and not those peaceful fans of marijuana and men’s asses, but the militant liberals who seize and destroy countries, “invite and invade the world” under the slogan “human rights”. Their main enemy is the ordinary American, redneck, American working class. In order to spite it, they even put on the latest aircraft carrier only toilet bowls and no urinals‚ to make it comfortable for supposed transgenders and to enrage rednecks.

Liberals received a serious blow when their candidate Hillary Clinton lost the election, but they didn’t waste time and immediately mobilized for a fight. They aren’t going to give up hegemony. Practically all the media, judicial system, Congress, intelligence services are in their hands. So now also they decided to show rednecks in whose hands rests hegemony.

They have their own stormtroopers – Antifa. This extremist movement was born in Germany. There they walk on the streets on the anniversary of Dresden bombings with Israeli flags and chant: “Death to Germany! Long live Bomber Harris” (the British commander of the Air Force, a big fan of the carpet bombing of Germany). They managed to terrorize the Germans: as soon as someone objects they call their opponent a Nazi and beat him. And if they encounter resistance, the police comes to the rescue. That’s why in Germany resistance to the mass inflow of migrants was almost imperceptible. It is spoken about in the kitchen, but not on the streets.

And now Antifa came to America. They have the same mode of action as in Germany. Whoever is against them is a Nazi, or a “white racist”. They showed themselves in Charlottesville – the southern city where the mayor and city council decided to demolish a monument to the esteemed Southern General Robert Lee. Opponents of the demolition staged a demonstration. Many of them came armed: in the US it is permitted to bear arms. Among them there were far right groups. Supporters of demolition also arrived en masse. From all corners of the US, Antifa and other supporters of liberal hegemony gathered, including members of the numerous Jewish organizations; after all, the mayor of Charlottesville is a well-known Jewish liberal figure.

The gathering concluded in a mess, one woman died. The newspapers raised a hue and cry: Nazis attack Jews! And in general, the South are racists, supporters of “white privilege”, and must be quelled. And the monuments erected in honor of soldiers of the Confederation must be demolished.

President Trump condemned both sides participating in the brawl‚ both white nationalists and Antifa. It is exactly what his opponents waited for. His attempt to stay above the brawl was doomed to defeat: liberal hegemonists immediately branded him as a neo-Nazi. Trump reminded that not all defenders of the monument are white racists, but the media hushed him up.

The fight against monuments ‚whether in the US, Ukraine, Estonia, or Poland – is unfair. People are being deprived of historical memory, moreover, they aren’t allowed to object. If you defend a monument in Ukraine ‚it is interpreted that you stand for Holodomor, that you are a KGB snitch, a separatist. If the monument is in Estonia‚- you are a Russian occupier, the enemy of the freedom-loving Estonian people. In the US you are a white racist. I.e. your opinion is not simply rejected, but it is declared as unlawful and inadmissible view. This is indeed hegemony‚ when an opposed view is delegitimised.

It is difficult for our Russian reader to understand the American hangup with racism. There was never racism in Russia. Be it the Tsarist times or the Soviet days, worthy people from different nations and races that populated Russia had access to the social lifts. There was Stalin the Georgian, there was also Khasbulatov the Chechen, there was also Trotsky the Jew at the pinnacle of power. While the US history began with the genocide of Indians, and continued the slavery of blacks. Even in the 1950’s people were jailed for mixed marriages, and Jews weren’t allowed in clubs. That’s why the American fight against racism is so intense.

It is impossible for the Russians to understand the American women’s fight for equality: all their legitimate goals have been achieved during the Soviet days already in the 1920’s. If a Russian woman wanted to work on a tractor ‚ please do so! If she wanted to take up a gun and join the military‚ this also was allowed and encouraged. While in the US now fight for women’s rights and the fight against racism (quite worthy purposes) are used as tools against rednecks and blue collar.

Will Trump manage to recover from this blow? After all, he was also opposed by congressmen ‚by members of his own Republican Party, and by businessmen. And the media, which in the US is in the hands of the media lords, declared war on him long ago. In order to break the hegemony he’d need some drastic measures.

Russia is not indifferent to what is going on in the US. Not because one side are bad guys and the other are good guys. Absolutely not. Not because one side is right and the other is wrong. It’s not Russia’s business. Neither side has any special love towards Russia. But the victory of hegemonists will strengthen the united front of the entire West against Russia, while the prevalence of their opponents may split the united front. While the fight between these two tendencies plays into the hands of the whole world: while they are preoccupied at home, they have less time and energy to meddle overseas, in Venezuela, Korea or Russia. So let them continue‚ Russia will not interfere.

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