The legacy of Stalinism is clearest when looking at the international left’s analysis of imperialism. The politics of campism, the idea that socialists should side with particular states which are described as anti-imperialist, was dominant throughout the Cold War. Many socialists in opposing US imperialism felt the need to offer support to the USSR. Today we can see the influence of campism in widespread support for the Assad regime in the counter-revolution in Syria, opposition to the movement in Hong Kong and a current of the left who actively defend China’s actions in Xinjiang.
This session will look at the politics of campism today and the internationalist alternative to “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.