Scott Marshall Scott at
Tue Mar 28 06:40:59 MST 1995

Ron Press wrote:
>I submit that the birth of the USSR took place in the midst of the
>chaos of the first world war. This gave rise to the system of
>Soviets. This was also unique for it's time. The abandonment of
>the Soviet system and it's transformation into the dictatorship of
>the party (it was supposed to be the proletariat) lead to the
>ultimate disaster of recent years.

Abandonment and transformation into.... Was it really that simple? Is it
really all we can learn? It strikes me that we are not anywhere near a full
understanding of either the strengths (that many here don't want to
acknowledege under any circumstances) nor the weaknesses of the Soviet
experience. That such a complex and multifaceted struggle to try and build
socialism can be so glibly summerized and dismissed is to me one of the main
obstacles to learning anything from that experience.


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