Recently we have watched the slow unraveling of the Pink Tide in Latin America. The rise of Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Lula da Silva, and many others in the Southern hemisphere constituted a coherent bloc of social democratic governments that challenged US hegemony, but maintained the state and capitalist system. These governments are now collapsing and the election of fascist leader Bolsonaro in Brazil clearly marks a turning point in the region.
The Trump regime’s declaration – in tandem with the Organization of American States, and several other state powers – that it will recognize the President of the National Assembly Juan Guaido as the rightful leader of Venezuela may be the first step to war. The fascist Brazilian government’s alliance with the Trump regime has emboldened the two states to act. The collapse of leftist governments in Latin America, and their tentative approach towards these far right regimes may prove decisive.
We watched Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador enter pragmatic dialogue with Trump and Evo Morales hand over the revolutionary fighter, Cesare Battisti, to Interpol in collusion with the fascist Brazilian state. Anarchists have had no illusions about the shortcomings of leftist states and these betrayals, once again, serve as proof.
With that in mind revolutionaries in the United States have an obligation to call a spade a spade, and take a stance on all matters of imperialism, white supremacy and militarism.
The history of US involvement in Latin America is a blood soaked nightmare. From William Walker’s usurpation of power to Woodrow Wilson’s reconstitution of the slave system in Haiti, the United States’ propensity for colonial barbarism is second to none. So when we anarchists hear the White House declare new leadership anywhere in the world, we immediately know this is tantamount to a declaration of war!
Fascist forces around the world have bargained that the left is retreating, and now is an opportune time to launch an assault. The leftist regimes in Latin America are embattled, but the days when the US can assert its will with impunity are over. Ensuring that these days are done is where the US anarchist movement and revolutionaries in general must begin. We do not need to have solidarity with any state government. We should not align ourselves with any state power and we should remain critical of all who do. But we also must never sit back and watch the US state attempt to colonize, dominate, or interfere in any other place in the world.
The US military and political establishment must be combatted relentlessly. Anarchists have an obligation to stand with those facing fascist intervention today, tomorrow, and forever.