Stalinist ANC?

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Wed May 29 12:05:36 MDT 1996

On Wed, 29 May 1996, Adam Rose wrote:

> Louis, I can't see why it is particularly controversial to describe
> the ANC as a Stalinist organisation. This isn't to say that they
> conduct purges or have gulags, just that the dominant strand in ANC
> politics IS a sort of Stageist theory, in contrast to either a more

Louis: "Stalinism" is a term that pertains to Marxist discourse, although
I find it totally overused by Trotskyist groups. The ANC never claimed to
be a Marxist party, so it is besides the point to accuse them of
distorting Marxist ideas when they never aspired to transform society
along socialist lines.

> If it wasn't dominated by this sort of politics, how do you explain
> the symbiosis between it and the CPSA ?

Louis: The Communist Party of South Africa's relationship with the ANC
should have been no different than any other Marxist group's. The ANC was
the organized expression of a fight for democratic rights. Some
Trotskyists in South Africa have aligned with peripheral and sectarian
outfits like Azapo, but the ANC clearly was the place to be. Socialist
groups, like the SACP, have their own agenda and nobody in the ANC has
ever attempted to suppress them, unlike the Kuomintang's hostile
relationship to the CCP in the 1920s.

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