Stalin and the Comintern
jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Mon Sep 11 21:12:46 MDT 1995
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, Scott Marshall wrote:
> >=09One of the reasons we call the CPUSA `stalinist', is because of
> >this unwillingness to take any responsibility in the present for ongoing
> >tendencies to similar pathologies. Stop making apologies for the CPUSA.
> This is jargon Jim. What "ongoing tendencies and similar pathologies." I'=
> not going to make any apologies nor try to answer broad sweeping
> generalities. Why don't you stop kneejerk reactions and talk turkey. Stop
> using "Stalinism" as a lazy shortcut for your own narrow political prejud=
=09This is NOT jargon. It is my considered opinion. Sure it's a=20
shortcut. Why not?? Nothing lazy about it.
=09The pathology I speak of is the undemocratic `DemCen' which STILL
apparently pervades your type of party, and the present denial of any part
of blame for our present mess...=20
> Recognizing and discussing the issues involved in the Comintern is *not*
> defending Stalin - your simplistic Stalin, Stalin na na na booboo is not
> argument nor very enlightening.
=09Coulda fooled me. Sure looks like you were defending Stalin...
> >=09Gawd, is this the 60's all over again?? :<
> You'll have to explain this, I don't get it.
=09The Party Line, Scott...
> >=09_This_ from the Father of Socialism In One Country?? Gimme a break.
> This just proves that your rejection of Stalinism is based on simplistic
> non-understanding of what the issues really were facing the movement. If =
> think of Stalin as some kind card board cut out who went around yelling o=
> with their heads, revolution in one country, then you'll learn nothing fr=
> the mistakes of Stalinism.
=09Seems to me that's not as far off the mark as you claim...=20
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