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You can't be anti-imperialist while repeating lies about anti-imperialist countries

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The Washington imperialists don't manufacture consent for their belligerent actions around the world by trying to get people to like the ideas of waging economic warfare against civilians, or keeping entire populations under the perpetual threat of nuclear annihilation, or carrying out military intimidation tactics that violate international law. They keep the people of the imperial core complacent with these policies by relentlessly demonizing the targeted nations.

If the public is led to believe that a target country is imprisoning millions of ethnic and religious minorities, or that the country's leader is a "dictator," or that freedom of speech is nonexistent under the country's "totalitarian" government, the conversation won't be about why the U.S. is aggressing against the country. The dialogue can only focus on vilifying the disfavored regime, not on criticizing the actions of the U.S. And certainly not on examining the geopolitical and socioeconomic motivations behind why the American capitalist class desires to subdue these particular countries.

No, everyone's attention must be directed towards the enemy of the day. The propaganda machine behind imperialist machinations depends on the masses viewing world events through a myopic view of geopolitics, where their government and media tell them negative things about certain countries purely out of desire to advance "democracy" and "human rights."

Under this paradigm of war propaganda, it's no wonder why geopolitics themselves usually aren't even acknowledged, even by many of the strains of the left that consider themselves anti-imperialist. From this cultural impulse-the one that encourages people in the imperial core to look at world events from their own ideological lenses while ignoring complex factors like geopolitics-stems the common leftist behavior of opposing imperialism in the abstract while promoting imperialist propaganda in practice.

If your priority is anti-imperialism, the correct approach is to judge the nature of anti-imperialist countries according to their objective conditions, not to decide what these conditions are like based on one's ideological biases. For instance, if you examine information about the DPRK from this analytical, non-judgmental position, you'll come to the conclusion about it which has been articulated by Party for Socialism and Liberation presidential candidate Gloria La Riva: that the DPRK is a socialist nation which global socialists and anti-imperialists need to support.

La Riva's party makes its analyses based on the Marxist-Leninist philosophy of dialectical materialism, which requires one to examine the objective conditions of a place before deciding how to treat them. Given this aspect of Marxism-Leninism, it's no wonder why Marxist-Leninists tend to be the ones who most often defend China and other demonized anti-imperialist countries. Their anti-imperialism is practiced according to the principles of objective truth that their political line is centered around.

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