Stalin and the Comintern

Jim Jaszewski 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.
>=20
> This is jargon Jim. What "ongoing tendencies and similar pathologies." I'=
m
> 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=
ucies.

=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??   :<
>=20
> 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.
>=20
> This just proves that your rejection of Stalinism is based on simplistic
> non-understanding of what the issues really were facing the movement. If =
you
> think of Stalin as some kind card board cut out who went around yelling o=
ff
> with their heads, revolution in one country, then you'll learn nothing fr=
om
> the mistakes of Stalinism.

=09Seems to me that's not as far off the mark as you claim...=20




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