struggle against cosmopolitanism has been falsely portrayed by the
Ango/American bourgeoisie has only a Russian nationalist struggle of the
1940's,sometimes even as anti Semitism though the people originally criticized
were not Jews or Zionists.
In fact the abuse of
the term cosmopolitan by anti semites has led some comrades to use words like
imperial universalism instead of cosmopolitanism but we reclaim the word and the
concept it expresses has part of the ideology of the socialist and communist
These are diversions
to ensure that idea expressed in this concept are not studied and understood in
the anti revisionist and anti imperialist struggle and we have to express our ideas through bourgeois terms.
Fascism makes use of
words like international finance but we have heard no one say we should not use
criticism of international finance has part of our critique of capitalism.
The article by
F.Chernov sees cosmopolitanism has a global ideology of imperialism.
However the roots of
the struggle against cosmopolitanism go back to Marx and Engels and Lenin and
is part of the universal ideological struggle for socialism - a socialism that
understands that the universal idea of socialism can be found in particularity
of different nations.
For those that find
the idea of the universal being found in the particular difficult I suggest you
study Hugh MacDairmid in
Scotland and Niclas Y
Glaisin Wales or Steinn Steinarr in Iceland
as they are living examples of the idea. This was what Mao Zedong meant when he called patriotism applied internationalism, it is what the RCPUSA fails to grasp in its promotion of supra nationalism which in reality is promotion of ideology of US Imperialism. Has Comrade Chernov makes the point in the article below that "Cosmopolitanism and nationalism are not opposites, but are merely two sides of bourgeois-imperialist ideology"
While we agree with
many of the ideas expressed by F Chernov in the article below we do not agree with the manner in which the Communist Party in the Soviet Union operated
politically in the late 1940's.
Has we have pointed
out before here the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union did not operate politically on the basis of
the Mass Linein late 1940's but by commandism and by 1949 the same year this article below
was written, the arch revisionist Khruschev was already General Secretary of
the Communist Party of The Soviet Union.
speaking, those (ideas) that succeed are correct and those that fail are
incorrect, and this is especially true of man’s struggle with nature.
In social struggle,
the forces representing the advanced class sometimes suffer defeat not because
their ideas are incorrect ! but because, in the balance of forces engaged in
struggle, they are not as powerful for the time being as the forces of
reaction; they are therefore temporarily defeated, but they are bound to
triumph sooner or later"
Many people make the
mistake of identifying globalism and one world government with neo-liberalism
in the 1970's and 1980's but the ideology of cosmopolitanism was already firm
on the agenda of Anglo/American Imperialism in the 1940's has F Chernov clearly
For those that think
that F Chernov's statement about cultural cosmopolitanism serving enemy agents
is hyperbole, then you need to read thishereabout the CIA
sponsored Congress for Cultural Freedom founded around the same time has F
The ideology of
cosmopolitanism arises from the same manner of production of bourgeois society. Cosmopolitanism
is the negation of patriotism, its opposite.
It advocates absolute apathy
towards the fate of the Motherland. Cosmopolitanism denies the existence of any
moral or civil obligations of people to their nation and Motherland.
bourgeoisie preaches the principle that money does not have a homeland, and
that, wherever one can "make money," wherever one may "have a
profitable business", there is his homeland.
Here is the villainy that
bourgeois cosmopolitanism is called on to conceal, to disguise, "to
ennoble" the antipatriotic ideology of the rootless bourgeois-businessman,
the huckster and the traveling salesman.
Harmful cosmopolitan ideology serves
for the bourgeoisie and its agents as a very convenient ideological tool for
excusing and covering up all kinds of antipatriotic actions, national treason
and political double-dealing. Marx showed that "bourgeois
patriotism...degenerated into a complete sham after its financial, commercial,
and industrial activity acquired a cosmopolitanist character" (Marx-Engels
Archive, Vol. III (VIII), p. 355).
In the era of imperialism the ideology of
cosmopolitanism is a weapon in the struggle of imperialist plunderers seeking
world domination. Even in the time of the first World War, defending the
Bolshevik programme on the nationalities question, fighting for the right of
nations for self-determination,
Lenin wrote: "Imperialism represents
outgrowing by capital of frameworks for national states, it represents an
expansion and exacerbation of national oppression on a new historical basis.
it follows that in spite of guns, exactly this, that we must join the
revolutionary struggle for socialism to a revolutionary programme on the
question of nationality. (Works, 4th edition, Vol. 21, page 371-2.) This
Leninist position shows the indissoluble bonds of the revolutionary struggle
for socialism with the defense of national sovereignty of nations.
is inseparable from repression of national sovereignty of peoples and monstrous
national oppression. In policies of the most severe exploitation of oppressed
nations, in expansionist aspirations, the imperialist bourgeoisie hides the
first sources of bourgeois-cosmopolitan preaching of national nihilism. National
sovereignty, the struggle of oppressed nations for their liberation, the
patriotic feelings of freedom-loving peoples and above all the mighty
patriotism of the Soviet people - these still serve as a serious obstacle for
predatory imperialistic aspirations, they prevent the imperialists'
accomplishing their plans of establishing world-wide domination.
crush the peoples' will for resistance, the imperialist bourgeoisie and their
agents in the camp of Right-wing socialists preach that national sovereignty
purportedly became obsolete and a thing past its time, they proclaim the
fiction of the very notion of nation and state independence.
cliques of nations, being the objects of American expansion go all out so as to
spit upon and fault the yearning of the masses for the preservation of their
national sovereignty, thus rendering aid to American imperialism.
attacking the peoples' aspiration to protect their national sovereignty, their
national independence, apologists of imperialism insolently declare "out
of date" the peoples' aspiration for preservation or achievement of their
national independence, or, in other words, their unwillingness to voluntary
submit to the imperialist aggressors.
The preaching of national nihilism is
knowingly and deliberately led by the ideologists of Anglo-American imperialism
against the land of Socialism and the people's democracies.
The people of
people's democratic countries under the leadership of communists, with the
support of the Soviet Union, bravely and steadfastly fight for their national
In particular the Communist parties now serve in all countries
of the world as the heirs and most consistent defenders of the better national
traditions of peoples, as frontline fighters for liberty and independence of
They lead national opposition to the aggressors and the expansionist
aspirations of American imperialism. Modern bourgeois cosmopolitanism is the
ideological expression of aggressive imperialist policies of the reactionary
bourgeoisie of the great capitalistic powers, directed towards the
establishment of their world supremacy.
The struggle for world domination, for
the exploitation of the world by a handful of capitalist monopolies naturally
and inevitably results from inequality in the economic and political
development of capitalism in the era of imperialism. "Global
supremacy," Lenin observed, "is, in short, the maintenance of
imperialist policies, the continuation of which is imperialist war."
(Works, Vol. XIX, p. 201.)
American imperialism, in the current conditions, is
revealed as the pretender for world domination. And this explains this fact,
namely that the ideologists of American imperialism emerge today as the most
violent propagandists of cosmopolitanism.
Present day bourgeois cosmopolitanism
is chosen by American imperialism as a weapon of the ideological struggle for
With the help of American cosmopolitan propaganda, American
imperialism directs the ideological preparation for the accomplishment of its
expansionist, aggressive aspirations.
The ideology of bourgeois
cosmopolitanism serves as a convenient cover for the subversive activity of
spies and saboteurs, working at the behest of foreign intelligence services.
the guise of cosmopolitan phraseology, in false slogans about the struggle
against "nationalist selfishness," hides the brutal face of the
inciters of a new war, trying to bring about the fantastic notion of American
rule over the world.
From the imperialist circles of the USA today issues
propaganda of "world citizenship" and "universal government." The
true sense of this propaganda was unmasked by Comrade A.A. Zhdanov in his
report at the conference of some representatives of Communist parties. "Some
of the directions of the ideological 'campaign' accompanying plans for the
enslavement of Europe," said Comrade Zhdanov, "are an attack on the
principle of national sovereignty, a call for the rejection of the sovereign
rights of peoples and, set up in contrast to them, the idea of 'universal
The sense of this campaign consists of this, to enhance
unchecked expansion of American imperialism, inconsiderately violating the
sovereign rights of peoples, to represent the USA in the role of the
standard-bearer of the laws of all mankind, and otherwise, to present those who
resist American influence as followers of obsolete 'selfish' nationalism.
patriotism of the popular masses serves as a powerful spiritual weapon of the
workers in the struggle for liberty and national independence. Directed against
patriotism, bourgeois cosmopolitanism pursues the goal of ideological
disarmament of peoples opposing American imperialistic expansion.
With the aid
of cosmopolitan propaganda, the bourgeoisie of Western countries and their
agents in the persons of Blum, Bevin, and Schumacher and their like aspire to
excuse their national treason, and to prepare ideologically the total surrender
of these countries before American imperialism.
Blum -- Leon Blum,
leader of French Socialist Party (aka social-fascist, social-imperialist, etc)
before and after WW II.
Bevin -- Ernest Bevin,
foreign minister of Britain's Labour government.
Schumacher -- Kurt
Schumacher, leader of W. German Social Democratic Party
Comrade A.A. Zhdanov
showed that bourgeois cosmopolitism and, in particular,
the cosmopolitan idea
of "one-world government" have a strikingly expressed anti-Soviet
"The co-opting of the idea of 'one-world government' by the
bourgeois intelligentsia from a number of dreamers and pacifists," said
Comrade Zhdanov, "is used not only as a tool to press for the ideological
disarmament of peoples, who stand up for their independence from encroachments
from the direction of American imperialism, but also as a slogan expressly
opposed by the Soviet Union, which constantly and repeatedly defends the
principle of true equal rights and the protection of the sovereign rights of
all peoples, great and small."
Fed by the aggressive Anglo-American plans
for world domination, present-day cosmopolitanism is nothing but the seamy side
of unbridled Anglo-American bourgeois nationalism and racism. Cosmopolitanism
and nationalism are not opposites, but are merely two sides of
Cosmopolitanism always was and is merely a
screen, a disguise for nationalism.
In due course, unmasking the German
bourgeois "true socialists," Marx and Engels indignantly wrote:
"...such a narrow nationalist world-view lies at the foundation of
supposed universalism and German cosmopolitanism" (K. Marx, F. Engels,
Works, Vol. IV, p. 464).
Self-seeking imperialist interests of the
Anglo-American capitalist monopolies and militant Anglo-American bourgeois
nationalism lie at the foundation of bourgeois cosmopolitanism.
preaching of cosmopolitan ideas, exported from the USA, of "world
citizenship," "universal government," "world-wide
power," and the "supranational state" etc. are called to serve
in their own way as an ideological disguise for Anglo-American nationalism. Leninism
revealed the sources, the roots of bourgeois cosmopolitanism. V.I. Lenin wrote:
"...the union of imperialists of all countries, the union, naturally and
inevitably, for the defense of capital, knowing no homeland, proved by many of
the most significant and greatest episodes in world history, that capital puts
the keeping of its alliance of capitalists of all countries against the workers
higher than the interests of the fatherland, of the people or of anything
else." (Works, Vol. XXIII, p. 4). Lenin proved here that the bourgeoisie
places the protection of its self-serving class interests "higher than the
interests of the fatherland, the people,or anything else," that in the
name of protecting its class interests the bourgeoisie creates a "union of
imperialists of all countries" against the workers.
The composition of a
new international situation as a result of the Second World War - the growth of
the power of the Soviet Union and its international authority, the drop-out
from the imperialist system by the peoples' democracies, leftward tendencies
among the masses in capitalist countries, the colossal growth of the strength
of socialism and democracy in the whole world, the growth of national
liberation movements in colonial and semi-colonial counties - all this provokes
spiteful hatred from the imperialist, antidemocratic camp, headed by the USA,
having set as its main purpose the struggle with socialism and democracy.
bourgeois cosmopolitanism with its call for the repudiation of national
sovereignty, with its notions of "one-world government," the creation
of the "United States of Europe," etc. is an ideological
"basis" and "consecration" of the assembling under the
aegis of American imperialism of a "union of imperialists" in the
name of the struggle against the toiling masses, against the Soviet Union and
people's democracies, against the irresistible growth over the entire world of
the forces of socialism and democracy.
Bourgeois cosmopolitanism is from start
to finish a profoundly reactionary ideology of the imperialist bourgeoisie, an
ideological banner of the imperialist, antidemocratic camp. Therefore the
struggle with bourgeois cosmopolitanism is an indispensable and paramount
component part of the struggle against imperialism, against decadent bourgeois
http://www.cyberussr.com/rus/chernov/chernov-mirovaya-e.html Democracy and Class Struggle notes while the RCPUSA and British Left are infected by this cosmopolitan world outlook of Anglo/ American Imperialism both the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Communist Party of the Philippines demonstrate by their practice that they have grasped Mao Zedong's thought that patriotism is applied internationalism and that they are the true Indian and Filpino patriots in the 21st Century.