Trotsky's marxism

Alex Trotter uburoi at
Sat Aug 13 13:32:59 MDT 1994

I think that Trotskyism in all its variants can be characterized as
Stalinism's masochistic, even suicidal, loyal opposition. It shares with
its alter ego (another definition--Stalinism out of power) the exaltation
of labor, productivism, and "revolution from above." This is Trotsky from
_Terrorism and Communism_: "The entire history of humanity is a history
of the organization and education of social man for labor, with a view to
obtaining from him greater productivity." Including under Socialism as
administered by the Bolshevik Party. Yeah, not much trace there of the
spirit of Marx's 1844 manuscripts. If you have any doubts about the Old
Man's capacity for ruthlessness, look at what he did to the Kronstadt
soviet in 1921. And he insisted, right up until ice-pick time, that the
USSR was a "deformed workers' state." For him, the principal remaining
"gain of October" was the nationalization of industry, as if that in
itself were proof of worker control. Certainly, Trotsky was many times
more sophisticated than Stalin, but he firmly identified the proletarian
revolution with an organization of hierarchy and ideology that made
Stalin and other monsters possible. His followers never learned anything
from this; witness their "critical support" for just about every
Stalinist-nationalist front since 1945.



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