Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Sun Jun 9 17:03:40 MDT 1996
Louis: There is no "justification" for the suppression of Kronstadt, just
as there is no justification for Jacobin terror, or Pershing's brutal
march through Georgia, or Sandinista violation of Miskito rights.
Revolutions, both bourgeois and proletarian, are messy, violent affairs.
They occur when the class struggle reaches a fever pitch and when the
revolutionary camp lives in desperate fear of retaliation from the
displaced ruling class. Study the aftermath of the suppression of the
Paris Commune and you get a graphic example of the viciousness of the
bourgeoisie. Ten thousand Parisian workers drowned in blood.
The best way to prevent these types of abuses from occurring in the future
is to assemble a proletarian army so powerful that it can be merciful
toward the vanquished. The Soviet workers faced a population that was
nearly 95 percent nonproletarian and had no intrinsic interest in
socialism. A revolution in a country like the United States which is at
least 85 percent proletarian should allow the victors to be more generous
to the defeated.
On Sun, 9 Jun 1996, Jason Cohen wrote:
> Lenin and Trotsky both worked to smash the Kronstadt sailors, and so
> destroyed the possibility for genuine workers' control of the means of
> NO supporter of Leninism or Trotskyism has answered this question to my
> satisfaction. How can the smashing of the movement to give power over
> to the Soviet committees of workers and peasants be justified ? The
> civil war had ended. Russia's internal and external enemies had been
> defeated. Until this question is addressed, neo-Marxism risks becoming
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