Adolfo reveals his true allegiance

Rahul Mahajan rahul at peaches.ph.utexas.edu
Fri Apr 5 09:54:24 MST 1996


C2:

>I agree with Rahul, but let's just be a bit more explicit: Adolfo argues
>that the popular front was the only means to support the bourgeois
>democratic revolution. As a means in concretizing this popular front, he
>applauds the extremely *un*democratic use of violence against what were
>supporters of the Spanish revolution during the civil war--the POUM, the
>anarchists, etc.--thereby weakening immeasurably the forces of the
>revolution itself.
>
>It can also be very clearly argued that, like in Russia in 1917, the
>bourgeois democrats, in the face of the resistance of Franco et al, were
>*incapable* of fulfilling their own bourgeois democratic dreams. The only
>force capable of doing this was the working class leading the peasantry.
>And the only way that they had any *real* stake in doing so was through,
>in extending and defending the democratic revolution, extending and
>defending the socialist one as well.
>
>It was this that the USSR, quite ironically and mistakenly, crushed.
>
>It's true that the USSR was the only force on a world scale that supported
>the Spanish government. It's also true that they failed to apply the
>positive lessons of October, and trust the class that they supposedly
>represented rather than the representatives of bourgeois democracy.

Chris, it seems to me this is awfully like the standard liberal "Vietnam
was a tragic mistake" line. Stalin was afraid that Western imperialism
(proximately Britain and France) would ally or enter into a nonaggression
pact with the fascists so that Russia could be put on the chopping block,
which would be made more likely by a revolution. This was, of course, a
very real danger, as one can see from the opinions of various government
officials in the West. He also didn't want his authority internationally or
internally to be undermined by an independent socialist revolution. So he
made sure there was no revolution, even at the price of letting Franco win.

Rahul




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