Leo Casey, Stalinism, and the Canadian CP

LeoCasey at aol.com LeoCasey at aol.com
Sun Jun 25 19:50:08 MDT 1995


To our Canadian correspondent:
Aside from the most self-destructively bizarre in their politics, such as the
Progressive Labor Party and its likes, there are no self-avowed Stalinists
today, if only because it is recognized that such a politics is so clearly
anathema to any remotely serious democrat of any persuasion. But the fact
that the leadership of the CPC (or the CPUSA for that matter) do not call
themselves Stalinist can hardly be the last word on the question. The mere
fact that they felt obliged to oppose every attempt at meaningful reform in
the USSR, and that they hold up the system put in place by Stalin as the
paean of socialism, such give you some pause.

To Doug (Time On His Hands) Henwood:
I had actually been waiting for my summer vacation next week to do a posting
on the issues you had raised concerning a radical democratic approach to life
in Crown Heights, as I wanted to take the time to do it properly. Not, mind
you, to convince you, since I learned a long time ago that when someone makes
up his mind in advance of listening to an argument there is not much purpose
in attempting to opening the hermetically sealled and closed brain. But
rather because it involves some interesting issues, questions which take a
little more thought and time than pointing out the obvious about Stalinism --
that is, obvious to all but the politically (and morally) brain dead.


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