Why Stalinism Cannot Answer the Questions Raised in This List?
iwp.ilo at ix.netcom.com
Fri Feb 16 02:01:28 MST 1996
As the debate in this list ha amply demonstrated, Stalinism is
not enterily dead, ecen though they manage to almost anhilinate
In recent threads in this list I learned:
1. Stalinism continue to be a reformist, rotten ideology that
preserves the worst traits of its own history. Whether they
defend, as the CPUSA members do, an alliance with imperialist
bourgeois politicians through the fantasy of building an anti-
fascist front with the Democratic Party or try to force a block
with the Peruvian bourgeosie by way of forcing that alliance
by terrorist blackmail, the end result of the strategy is to
sell out the immediate and historical interests of the working
2. In spite the fact that Maoism has subsisted through a campaign
of terror and violence and that the regimes of the former Soviet
Union and eastern Europe led and paved the way for capitalist
restoration, they both insist in singing the glories of
bureaucratic domination through gulags, imprisonment and murder of
political left opponents.
No matter if you are talking about the murders of left wing
activitists in Peru or the Moscow trials and the murder of almost
entire generations of Russian revolutionaries, all branches of
Stalinism in this list has united to defend their respective
crimes, negate history or simply slander any critic with the by now
old method of accussing them of CIA, agents of Mossad, provocateurs
and moutpieces of capitalism (strange accussations if one thinks
that are coming from people who wnat an alliance with the domestic
agents of imperialist capital!)
3. They seemed to have learned nothing about the historical events
that ended their historically brief existence as a bureacratic
caste in power in a number of countries. For years they talked
about the strenght and invincivility of the "Socialist System"
and it collapse like a castle of cards in a matter of years.
If anything, they re-united without a word of balance-sheet. Now
we see CPUSA members in this list defending Shiny Shit Maoism,
proclaiming China as comrades for life, accepting without a
question anything they do. What happened with all those
"princippled" splits and divisions, accussing each other of being
pawns of imperialism, "paper tigers" and so on?.
4. All shades of Stalinism still maintain the reactionary
anti-Marxist theories of Stalin:
a. Socialism in one country: the reactionary theory that predicted
that socialism and communism can be built in isolation, in one
country, independently of the international fight against
b. The reactionary theory of revolution by stages. Against Lenin
and the Bolsheviks, Stalinists pursued and still pursue an strategy
of first "a democratic revolution" or a "peoples revolution" and
claim that all democratic tasks should be fullfilled before a
*socialist* stage is fought for. Whether they want to do that
electorally (as Gus Hall of the CPUSA) or putting a gun in the
throat of some bourgeois leaders like in Peru, the fact remains
that all Stalinists *opposse* the concept of the Permanent
revolution (Trotsky) and of the April Theses (Lenin) that state
that democratic task, at the time of capitalist decandence, can
onl be fullfilled through socialist revolution.
c. All Stalinists in this list insist in a brutal, bureaucratic
conception of the party in which tendencies, factions, discussion
and differences are "disruptive", unnecesary and prohibited. Shiny
Shit will kill the "factionalists", CPUSA will expell them but the
result is the same: they kill the idea anc concept of the Bolshevik
party of Lenin.
d. Whether they are from Shiny Shit which claim that the vanguard
opf the revolution is the peasantry or from the CPUSA, which
claiming allegiance to the working class turn power of leadership
to the imperialist democrats, all Stalinists in this list have,
in fact, abandoned the Marxist concept of the working class as the
subject for revolution.
This is accentuated by the defense of strategies that are alien to
the working class: a)preserving the hegemony of bourgeois
leadership by supporting imperialist parties and politicians, thus
opposing in fact the class independence of workers (CPUSA) or b)by
spousing petit-bourgeois strategies of "people's war" and
"guerrillarism" (Shiny Shit).
5. All Stalinists in this List are united in the basic distortion
and fabrication of history. They did that for years. Trotsky,
Kamemev, La Kolontai,Zinoviev, Radek, Preobrashenski and thousands
of other marxists and revolutionaries were practically eliminated
from history books and theoretical discussions. Photos, movies,
books and facts were changed to accomodate those who betrayed
internationalism and revolution (Stalin, Mao). They still refuse
to discuss those events. They deny, even when confronted with
all the historical evidence, the facts. They want all of us to
take *only* they words and writtings as sacred literature. Any
other source is counter-revolutionary, pro-imperialist, paid by
the CIA, eetc
They murdered bolsheviks in Russia and China in the 30s, the 40s,
the 50s acussing them of being agents of the Nazis, the fascists,
the japanese and now of the CIA or the Mossad in the 80s and 90s
6. When confronted in the Cyberspace with a political discussion
and they are asked about China and the Kuomintag in 1920s, they
refused to answer. When confronted with their lies about trotsky
and his positions, they refused to answer. When confronted with
questions asking what procedure, what due process, what principples
and what kind of defense was dispensed to those murdered by Shiny
Shit, they refused to answer.
Stalinists in this list only resort to insults, accussations and
statements of "we are going to take care of you". They didn't
change a bit, only they are now a rump group.
Of course Trotskyists and other revolutionaries are, were and maybe
many of them will continue to be sectarians and incapable of
leading us in a revolutionary process. But comparing them and
their historical missdemeanors with the crimes and felonies of
Stalinism is like comparing a kid stealing an apple in the corner
shop with a serial murder.
If we want to win a second opportunity for Marxism, Stalinism
should be buried. The CPUSA variety and the Shiny Shit variety.
They are harmful for your health. They need to be buried in the
bin of history.
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