Stalin as a "Demon"

Kevin Cabral kcabral at
Sun Jun 2 06:35:03 MDT 1996

On Sun, 2 Jun 1996, Charlotte Kates wrote:

> On Stalin as an obligatory insult--there is this demonology that has sprung
> up around him that prevents critical analysis of Stalin's application of
> Marxism-Leninism as an ideological entity, and that allows us to use
> "stalinist" as the catch-all insult of Marxists. Which, in a sense, shows
> the proliferation of Trotskyism in Marxist academia--a phenomenon seen

> On the other hand, I see a more positive trend developing as well--of a
> critical Marxist reexamination of Stalin and Stalin's application of
> Marxism-Leninism as a historical and ideological phenomenon. Within the
> CPUSA, there is a more and more prominent pro-Stalin view--a new YCL member
> told me that his ed. director for his club stated in his educational that
> "Stalin did things that we may think are distasteful but they were
> *NECESSARY* to build socialism". This view has not been officially
> propounded by the Party since 1956, which I see as a year of tragedy for the
> international communist movement. There is a new, and overall, positive view
> of Stalin that is really becoming a majority sentiment in the CPUSA. This
> goes along with the Party's greater disdain for revisionism. Almost every
> comrade I ask about their opinion of Stalin tells me the same thing--he was
> a great leader of the Soviet people, a great builder of socialism. Even the

	With this news I'm more enthusiastic about the CP then ever. Will
the central committee take up an investigation on Enver Hoxha next week?
What is the parties official position on Mao Tse Tung? Do the new recruits
fully understand it? Has the central committee finished an official
position paper to be read for 3 1/2 hours in front of silent cadre? Will
there be a text copy so we can repost it to e-mail lists? Or is the CP
once again slipping into being a pro-Soviet leech in anticipation of
Zyuganov's victory "against revisionism?"

Cols, Oh

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