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tgs at cunyvms1.gc.cuny.edu tgs at cunyvms1.gc.cuny.edu
Sun Oct 30 07:39:57 MST 1994


TROTSKY'S "DEGENERATED WORKERS' STATE" MODEL FOR THE NOW LARGELY DECEASED SOVIET BLOC COUNTRIES:
ITS VALIDITY AND CONTINUED RELEVANCE TODAY.

Justin Schwartz has argued that Trotskism is obsolete now because its historical nemesis, Stalinism, is largely finished.  First of all, as I have argued, there is much else in Trotsky that is still relevant, but even
here, I would like to argue its relevance, especially in a place like Yugoslavia.  I will argue that the DWS model is essential to comprehend the insidious aims of the imperialists today.  And other model permits one
to resist the anti-communist propaganda which has deluged us for decades, and yet resist as well any illusions in Stalinism.

As a result of imperialist encirclement and the Bolsheviks own neo-Populist affinities for a one-party  state, the Soviet state was bureaucratized.  Stalin rose to power at the head of the new  bureaucratic caste that arose, and adopted his "Socialism in One Country" stupidity.  The question then arises: did a new, "bureaucratic" or "state capitalist" mode of production arise as well out of the failed possibilities for socialist revolution in the West?

BUREAUCRATIC COLLECTIVISM AND STATE CAPITALISM:
 WEBERIAN VS. MARXIST ANALYSIS

A revolution was made in Russia: a revolution made by the working class, on a trajectory toward socialism.  A bureaucracy clearly usurped power from the working class.  Does this fact alone mean that it became the new ruling class?  No.  Bureaucracies have usurped power in the past: in the absolutist early modern period, for example.  Fascism is itself a surrender of power by the bourgeoisie to a state run by petit bourgeois maniacs.



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