The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, over 30 years ago, marked a significant turning point in history, symbolizing the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the Soviet Union. It was not the “end of history” as predicted by American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, but still the world significantly changed—particularly the left that needed to reinvent itself to survive.
In certain parts of the world, particularly in Latin America and pockets of the left in Europe, there seems to be a refusal to acknowledge the fall of the Wall. This translates into some of the left’s support for Russia and their silence in the face of the country’s aggression and illegal invasion of Ukraine, a refusal to support democratic governments, and an outdated anti-Americanism.
One possible explanation for the left’s support for Russia is rooted in historical ideological affinity. Many leftist movements and leaders have traditionally admired the principles associated with the Soviet Union and its role in challenging Western capitalism, even though it resulted in a redundant failure. This historical legacy still influences their stance today, blurring the line between ideology and geopolitical reality.
Full article at Newsweek’s website. Date of publication: 27/06/2023.