Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 3, 2017

Red-Brown support for Diana Johnstone

Filed under: right-left convergence — louisproyect @ 6:52 pm

This is really interesting, a rousing defense of Diana Johnstone’s article in MR in which the anonymous author characterizes me as “pathologically prolix”. That is reminiscent of Mark Cooper’s description of me years ago as the “prolific buffoon”. As I said in my latest article, I have had 1,104,852 unique visitors since 2004 to the Unrepentant Marxist. This blog’s author obviously does not belong to the 10 percent of committed Marxists I am addressing.

What’s of real interest to me is not the article by this anonymous blogger but his blogroll which is really a barometer of Red-Brown politics today. Let me go through some of them:

1. Cogito, Ergo, Sum–Seeking truth and beauty from the heavenly city.

A Christian blog with the latest article on “Having Children Study the Bible”, just the sort of thing that resonates with Johnstone’s defense of Stalin, I guess.


2. Cultura Transversal

A Spanish-language website now defunct apparently that includes an article praising an “anti-globalization” book by Alain de Benoist. Who’s Alain de Benoist, you ask? He is a founder of the New Right movement in France that is considered a major influence on Richard Spencer et al’s alt-right. Some scholars consider de Benoist a fascist.


3. Dissident Voice

Began as a voice of opposition to the invasion of Iraq and is now a typical conspiracist website like Information Clearing House, Global Research, Voltairenet et al.


4. El Manifiesto

Another Spanish-language pro-Benoist website that has an article on the “immigration invasion” of Europe and a big portrait of Stalin on the home page. Perfect.


5. Institute for National Revolutionary Studies

Includes an article with positive references to Otto Strasser, the Nazi “leftist” killed by Hitler on the Night of the Long Knives. (See comment below, it was Gregor Strasser actually).


6. Katehon

Russian website of a think-tank that has a board of directors led by Konstantin Malofeev. He is described in a ThinkProgress article:

Malofeev, 42, made his fortune in private equity and now runs Russia’s largest charity —the St. Basil the Great Foundation. He’s also president of Katehon, a right-wing think tank, and started his own television station, Tsargrad TV, a platform for figures like American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin — a man known as “Putin’s Rasputin,” as well as a member of Katehon’s supervisory board. Malofeev is a traditionalist, much like Dugin, and a devout practitioner of the Orthodox faith.


7. The National Party – Ireland

Described by Wikipedia as a far-right party that is anti-abortion and anti-immigration. A Wikipedia article on its leader Justin Barrett states:

Barrett has spoken at events organised by the neo-nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (German: Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands, NPD) several times, and was the guest of honour at a NPD rally in Passau, Germany in 2000, in which anti-Semitic speeches, peppered with quotes from Adolf Hitler were given, alongside claims that “Germany was the biggest victim of the second World War”. Hundreds of skinheads gave standing ovations to elderly Nazis.


8. Thermidor

The about us page speaks frankly: “Thermidor Magazine is an international samizdat publication dedicated to giving a voice to the New Far Right Internationale.”


9. Vdare

A filthy anti-immigration website, the most recent article is by Ann Coulter: Contract With Republicans—Point 1 Is BUILD THE WALL!








  1. Just one point re #5: it was Gregor Strasser who was assassinated as Hitler eliminated those Nazis who wanted a social anti-capitalist revolution to follow the national one. (Hitler wished to conciliate the Reichswehr which had the ability to depose him.) His brother Otto Strasser escaped to Paradise, Nova Scotia where he tried to organise a National Socialist opposition to Hitler from over a store.. He claimed to have opposed the Nazis’ racial policies so it’s easy to see how he might appeal to the brown side of a red-brown alliance

    Comment by Derek Bryant — August 3, 2017 @ 10:39 pm

  2. Thanks for the head’s up.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 3, 2017 @ 10:41 pm

  3. Hey, Putz. My name is spelled with a C. As in counter-revolutionary.

    Comment by Marc Cooper — August 4, 2017 @ 3:47 am

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