Adolfo reveals his true allegiance

Chris Faatz cfaatz at
Fri Apr 5 12:52:21 MST 1996

On Fri, 5 Apr 1996, Rahul Mahajan wrote:

> 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

I think you're probably right, but the latter part of your para is in no
way in conflict with my former assertions.

I hadn't made the connection (my own fault) between Stalin's fear of
imperialism's making a counter-revolutionary pact with the fascists. That
is, of course, a point to be taken into consideration--my own frequent
ultra-leftism raises its head again :-).

I don't get the "Vietman was a tragic mistake" connection, btw. I think
the Vietnamese revolution was a tremendous defeat for imperialism, even
though I'm one of the ones that are critical of the Vietnamese state.

As to repressing the anarchists, POUM, etc., I don't *in any way*
countenance the use of left power against the left. That was an overt
counter-revolutionary move. The anarchists, or at least part of them,
were willing to work in the government (!), and the POUM, too, was, at
best, centrist in its orientation. I suspect that, while Stalin rightly
feared imperialist/fascist cooperation, he was equally fearful of an
independent *and democratic* socialist revolution.

Writing clandestinely at work, I remain,



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