Ceding ground to capitalist ideologues

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at SPAMosu.edu
Thu Dec 16 21:11:21 MST 1999

Nestor writes:
>Yes, otherwise October would have never happened, because there
>would have not existed a Party that could be reconducted at the
>moment of trial.


>It is funny to note that I am also trying ot force October into
>existence, Mark, and that Lenin tried to force it by many
>different ways (which is ACTUALLY why it happened). If you are to
>follow his example, then you will have to side with me.  Lenin
>wasn't ALWAYS caustic and hard when debating. He was a cunning
>and dialectic politician, and he knew that there is a time for
>making friends with the bores (but putting it very clear that
>they are bores) and there is a time for swords, guns and battles.
>Of course, October would never have happened if, as you point out
>below, Lenin had not turned the Bolshevik party upside down in
>April, if Lenin had not shown his party comrades their own
>blindness, if Lenin had not thrown to the sea the traditional
>theses of the B. Party and, espousing the predictions of
>L.D.Trotsky in '1905' (hah, let us see how does good old Mark
>react at this), forced it to struggle for power and socialism in
>backward and sad Russia. But this will did not always take this
>To begin with, if the April theses were such a stir, it is not
>because Lenin's comrades were below his intelligence, prevision
>and revolutionary elan (which certainly was not true in all
>cases), but also because during the long preparatory years Lenin
>accepted the fact that even his, the most revolutionary party in
>Russia, had to act as an integral part of the Russian political
>scene. Thus, the general ideas that had taken root in Russia
>during the early years of this century had to a certain extent
>moulded part of the ideas of his party comrades. He could not be
>unaware of this, but he did not wage a Torquemadesque war on
>them. Time was not ripe.
>When it was ripe, that is in April 1917, he urged the
>transformation, and timely he did. Timely in two senses: (a) in
>the sense that he had foreseen that if the B. P. did not take the
>new road, the perspective of revolution would faint -but, during
>the days of July, he exerted all his power of persuasion, (not of
>invective) in order to have his comrades stop the all-too-early
>revolutionary  attempt of the masses at Leningrad- but also in
>the sense that (b) time was now ripe for a clear-cut division
>with the elements who had gathered around his flags. The April
>Theses are the "Hic Rhodos, hic salta!' of the Russian
>Revolution, and were set off, just as the interjection of the
>Plautine masterpiece, at the very moment they had to be, not a
>minute before, not a minute later.

As of now, we are not likely to be on the threshold of "April," not to
mention "October."  The "Battle of Seattle" wasn't even close to "1905."
The revolution can't be brought into being through cyber-manifestoes and
utopian will (well, in Mark's case, dystopian will, I guess) alone.  People
have to be organized first.  Leninism isn't the same as voluntarism.


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