Where Marx and Engels have important things which are directly about nations is in relation to the attitude socialists should take towards specific national movements. At heart their attitude is based on whether the success of any movement – secessionist or irredentist – is likely to advance the possibility of the socialist revolution, although this was often in indirect ways.
We in Argentina are faced with a right-wing that is more modern, versatile in the world of mass media and social networks, much more attentive and lucid in everything that has to do with the production of consensus. We must ask ourselves, how is a government like this possible in the country today?
Eight months after a co-ordinated attack against a refugee center in Heidenau, Eastern Germany, we discuss the newly emerging right-populist PEGIDA movement and the Alternative for Germany party with anti-fascists on the ground. What are the possibilities for left regroupment? And how can we move beyond “firefighting” and regain the offensive momentum the German left had last spring?