Though only a remote observer, I think a significant fact that distinguishes the PYD in Syria from the folks in Northern Kurdistan is they don’t appear to adhere to Marxist orthodoxy. In four years of observation I did not detect Marxism as part of SDF ideology. Mildly strict military and social discipline but no overreaching socio economic philosophy other than a form of collectivism that appears to me to have grown out of military necessity based more on cultural norms as opposed to political ideology.

In support of my thesis is that fact that I went to UMass Amherst. While in attendance, I had three Marxist instructors, one former Marxist professor purged by the Soviets from the University of Moscow plus an anarchist legal studies professor.

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