Chechyna/Asian mode of product
n.gant at genie.geis.com
n.gant at genie.geis.com
Mon Mar 13 18:55:00 MST 1995
Bryan Alexander: "What was their take on Chechnya? I'd greatly
appreciate hearing it..."
I am not any kind of expert on this, but from what I have read I
would say the Russian situation these days is pretty complex, lots
of subtle interactions between the numerous political groups make
the whole thing volatile and rather alarming if not dangerous.
It's a strong argument against the use of troops there today, when
one considers the Bolshevik's recognition of a Mountaineers'
Autonomous SSR in 1921, and the incorporation of a Chechen
Autonomous Region the following year.
National chairman Hall appears to be alluding to some kind of
"domino theory", first coined I think by Kennedy aide Arthur
Schlesinger to describe the consequences to the remaining
capitalist countries in Southeast Asia. Or maybe I am confusing that with
his "pendulum effect". Someone care to correct me?). In other words, if
Chechnya goes, "other Caucasian dominoes will fall" and Moscow will be
denied the Caspian sea" and its oil fields. This statement is borrowed from
a William Safire column actually.
The CPUSA takes the typically conservative approach to the Chechnya
conflict, which means it supports the Russian hard-line working
class and the communist rightwing. Which probably puts it at odds
with all the liberals in Russia, the free-market entrepreneurial
types of workers, anarchists, capitalists, nationalists, and what
have you. I don't think this is a jihad by Moslems, so the
Russians will eventually control the countryside and cut off the
supply of arms to the guerrillas. If I were a diplomat, I probably
might support the Russians since it should be easy enough for them
to wipe out the resistance anyway. Else I'll be left looking like
a fool championing a lost cause that doesn't appear to have much to
do with socialism in the first place. Sounds pretty cruel, but as
it has been said, people who like to eat sausage should not see it
I would have to question the need for armies in there and the
shooting back and forth. That is the Marxist thing to do.
Life is supposed to be precious. It is more than mere biological
functions we are concerned with.
I hate to switch the topic in mid-air, but what is the so-called
"Asian mode of production"? As I understood Marx, he alluded in
some way to a fatalistic aspect of the state, of the periodic rise
and fall of empires and uprisings, but in the natural course of
events like the seasons or the ebb and flow of the tide. Did I get
this correct? Do we need to understand the Asian mode of
production to better grasp the tumultuous events in the ex-Soviet
Union? What did Marx exactly mean by the Asian mode of production?
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