rfrantz at u.washington.edu
Tue Apr 11 17:42:38 MDT 1995
I myself find it difficult to see why so much blame is laid at Gorbachev's
feet. The Soviet command economy was simply unable to produce and distribute
on any level comparable with the "bourgeois democracies." Gorbachev didn't
cause this. The decisions that made a wreck of Soviet society go all the
way back to the beginning, but mostly, of course to, Stalin, the leader for
30 years. Gorbachev is blamed, of course, by communists, because they
simply are unwilling or incapable to look themselves in the mirror
and realize. "My God, what have we done!" Gorbachev and Yeltsin may have
been the funeral directors, but Soviet "socialism" had been on life
support a long, long time before he came to power. From Lenin on, the
Bolsheviks never had the need to test their popularity among the working
people and peasants of the Soviet Union. Had they done so they probably
would have lost, but then they also might have learned something that
would have enable them to popular, yes popular, in the future. Their
"popular" support was assured by physical force and the "religion"
of Soviet Marxism-Lenninism.
I find that the supporters of former Soviet-style communism are losers.
They blame all their failures on others. The fact that the Soviet Union
was unable to compete economically, to produce quality consumer goods
that would beat down all barriers in the world market, can't be excused
by casting the blame on the competitors.
On Tue, 11 Apr 1995, Scott Marshall wrote:
> I find it hard to accept anyone's praise of Gorbachev - no matter their
> history in the movement. Reagan loved him. Thatcher said, 'this is a Marxist
> we can do business with...' etc.
> In the long run of history I'm convinced that future Marxist lists will pay
> considerable attention to the crimes of Gorbachev. His crimes and mistakes
> dwarf many others - the Russian people are still paying for it with death,
> and distruction that could only warm the hearts of the most viscious
> anti-Soviet cold warrior. And for the record I was never convinced of even
> good intentions.
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