"Crisis of Leninism"; Conference Course
Richard.Bos at hagcott.meganet.co.uk
Wed Sep 11 10:46:19 MDT 1996
Louis R Godena wrote:
> Sometime this year, I would like to see some sort of an informal
> cybercourse on one of the lists that deals with issues arising out of the
> period 1985-1993 in the history of Communism. We on the Left are, I
> believe, woefully lacking in analytical skills in dealing with this seminal
> period. Louis (P) has suggested some points in common with such an
> enterprise. I would like to offer the following prospectus, with
> possible sources, for a fruitful course of study.
> This course would be intended as an overview and analysis of the origins,
> rise and decline of communist political and economic institutions in the
> twentieth century, primarily in the Soviet Union (the first major communist
> power and progenitor of the model) and China (currently the remaining major
> communist power).
> The focus would be morphological rather than historical; the aim being to
> clarify the essentials of communist party organization as a system of
> political power and the command economy as a system of production and also
> as a foundation for a distinctive form of political rule. We shall
> discuss the conditions under which these two institutions took shape, and
> their successes and pathologies after they were consolidated.
> We shall then examine the ways in which, and the reason why, these
> institutions eventually began to unravel or collapse. We will therefore
> focus upon the deeper institutional forces behind the rise, consolidation,
> evolution, and eventual decline of these party-states....................................................
> That's a general outline. People could of course change it to suit a
> particular interest or follow a particularly interesting thread.
> Any interest?
> Louis Godena
Definately interested. I do not like the title "Crisis of Leninism". The
future is ours! Be more positive!
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