Ukraine: 'Before Maidan, Ukraine was more democratic', says Volodymyr Ishchenko

This Church is not Marxist; however, we think people in the "West" should be made aware of the clearly hypocritical, anti-democratic acts unfolding in Ukraine.

This linked article is quite good at making that clear.

It is reasonably balanced in that it plainly and rightly negatively criticizes the Soviet Union for its totalitarianism.

...before Maidan, Ukraine was a more democratic country. We can speak about various criteria: for example the strength of the opposition and the extent to which it was not affected by repression. Now, one of the main opposition parties, the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU), is under threat of being banned. It is going to be a long process, but under the new “decommunisation laws” it will not be able to keep its name and symbols.
In some ways, these “anti-totalitarian” laws are taking Ukraine closer to a totalitarian regime than to a democratic society.

Source: Ukraine: 'Before Maidan, Ukraine was more democratic', says Volodymyr Ishchenko | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

I want to make further clear that we side against neoliberal economics even while we denounce the dictatorship of the proletariat. The Bolsheviks also were and remain anti-democratic and violently coercive by definition. Lenin was wrong!

All efforts to glorify Lenin and/or Stalin are misguided. One is not either 1) pro-capitalism or 2) a Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist and/or violent.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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