The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi83° Sunny

Tonight

Lo60° Partly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi81° Chance Showers

Sunday Night

Lo61° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Monday

Hi86° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi89° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo64° Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi93° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo67° Partly Cloudy

The Cold War’s final episode?

Send to Kindle
Print This

One hundred years ago this coming Aug. 4, the day Britain declared war on Germany, socialists in the German Reichstag voted for credits to finance the war. Marxists — including Lenin, who that day was in what now is Poland — were scandalized. Marx had preached that the proletariat has no fatherland, only a transnational class loyalty to proletarians everywhere. “In 1918,” wrote Louis Fischer, Lenin’s best biographer, “patriotism and nationalism, born of the ‘subjectivism’ Lenin so disliked, were ideological crimes in Soviet Russia.”

These are history-shaping virtues in Ukraine today. Because the nation-state is the necessary framework for durable political liberty, nationalism is a necessary, although insufficient, impulse sustaining liberty. Marx, whose prophesies were perversely predictive because they were almost invariably wrong, predicted the end of nationalism. Economic forces, he said, determine political, cultural and psychological realities. So capitalism, with its borders-leaping cosmopolitanism, would dilute to the point of disappearance all emotional attachments to nations. Ukraine’s ferment is an emphatic, albeit redundant, refutation of Marxism.

View my optionsorSign in