This is the final segment of our current special coverage of the Ukrainian war, in which the co-host of “On the Barricades” spoke with Pat Byrne, a political analyst, socialist activist, and historian of the European left, on March 1. Ways forward for Ukraine are discussed in this installment. Pat and Boyan begin by asking why the conflict’s resolution and next steps aren’t even being discussed. Some ideas, such as “Finlandization” of Ukraine, are quickly dismissed. Some speculate that the Russian army will only take parts of the country. Others argue that the goal is to cover the entire territory. There are rumors that once the military operation is completed, Ukraine will hold a series of referendums. So far, the negotiations in Belarus have been fruitless.
Pat Byrne proposes a socialist program for Ukraine that is practical (not utopian) and explains how reorganizing the economy, society, and thus politics can alter the current situation and be applied.
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