Stalin and the Comintern

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Tue Sep 12 15:55:43 MDT 1995


On Tue, 12 Sep 1995, Yurii Colombo wrote:

> Another thing: the CP's all over the world have not only a legacy with
> stalinism but they are reformists. They work in the unions, in the
> parliamant with a reformist politics. The problem is not to cry about the
> revolution but defend really the wages, the life of workers, etc. toghete=
r
> with the socialist programm.

=09This is one of the main problems with the stalinists.  They've
definitely become quite used to tailing along after the social democrats
and the syndicalists...=20

=09For instance, I remember my Irani comrades telling me about how
the Tudeh Party fucked-up their chance to push the Iranian Revolution
towards socialism -- and how letting that ONE chance slip through their
fingers allowed the clerical fascists THEIR chance...  :<

=09I'm sure there are numerous instances of the stalinist parties
getting cold feet and counseling caution -- to the point of giving up all
initiative to those who know better how to seize the moment...=20


> 2. When there was the period of red terrorism, the revolutionary left in
> Italy was against it. We said :"When there is the terrorism we are weaker=
,
> the police control and jail the fighting workers and students". But the C=
P
> was for the DEFENSE OF THE STATE BECAUSE IT WAS A DEMOCRATIC STATE. When =
the
> repression hited not only the terrorists but also the revolutionary left
> many investiganting magistrate was......CP members.Without continue not t=
o
> consider Trotsky, when Lenin was for the defence of the democratic state?=
 Or
> about the repression of the socialists?

=09I think `communists' like that are communist in name only...

=09(With friends like that, who needs enemies?)



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