Nick wrote:Copehead wrote:Have a think for a minute about whether you believe that Corbyn and McDonnell, as social democrats, support the policies followed by the Soviet Union.
Then ask yourself why you posted what you did.
Then report the answer back to us.
It doesn't matter whether they support the policies of the USSR - and if you'd read my post properly you'd have seen that I didn't suggest they did.
The fact remains that neither of them displayed any qualms at the time about appearing at events with people who very much do support the policies of the USSR, and not only that, who actively glorify the likes of Stalin and Mao Zedong. Google the photos, they're easy to find.
Now imagine the shelf life of a mainstream politician who appeared at events where there were neo-Nazis waving banners featuring the swastika and pictures of Hitler & Goebbels, but who tried to excuse that by saying "well, I don't actually support their policies..."
James Bloodworth (a socialist writer, before you say anything) sums it up here:
You problem seems to be you cannot get you head a round a couple of rather salient points; talking at events that are also hosting people whose ideology you do not follow does not mean that you follow that ideology, you still don't follow that ideology. That is a tricky one I'll grant. Secondly the flag of the Soviet Union is not on a par with the Swastika any more than that the Union Jack is.
Just because the British Empire and the Soviet Union did despicable things does not put them on a level with a regime that had a racial genocide as its core belief.
If you really believe that isn't so you have gone down massively in my estimation.
As it is you appear to be willing to swallow right wing bullshit wholesale here.