marx & the real left or the follies of the "real Trots"

Jørn Andersen ccc6639 at vip.cybercity.dk
Thu Feb 29 04:39:49 MST 1996


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Adolfo Olaechea:

>Moreover, Trotskysts fully ignore Lenin's ideas on the
>question of state capitalism and what he had to say on
>this.  "State capitalism + the dictatorship of the
>proletariat = socialism".

Most certainly Trotskyist don't ignore this. On the contrary, Trotskyist
may differ on lots of issues, but if one thing is common it is this:
Stalin's Russia wasn't socialism - exactly because the proletariat was
not in command.

The short version of how this happened is this:

>The USSR under Lenin was a workers state ie a dictatiorship of the proletariat.
>However, the working class itself was basically destroyed by the civil war,
>and the German revolution was defeated.
>So the revolution and the revolutionary state degenerated. By 1928, the
>USSR was no longer socialist in any sense but State Capitalist, like Cuba
>is today.

State Capitalism + the dictatorship of the state bureacracy = Bureaucratic
State Capitalism. It's as remote from socialism as any other sort of oppressive,
anti-worker, capitalist state.

Reread the many quotes from Lenin and see that through any of them he stressed
that workers should be in command.


Jorn Andersen
ccc6639 at vip.cybercity.dk

IS
Denmark

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