Revolt or revolution? YU
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Sun Nov 12 04:20:18 MST 2000
From: Yoshie Furuhashi <furuhashi.1 at osu.edu>
To: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Date: 11 November, 2000 10:00 AM
Subject: Re: Explanation
>>Last events in Yugoslavia are combined democratic revolution and a coup
>>d'etat. First part (democratic revolution) was when people from all over
>>Serbia came to Belgrade at October 5th. They start with open attack on
>>Parliament, state TV (both are burned down), and police stations. People
>>from other cities protected revolution in Belgrade fighting with the
>>which moved to the Belgrade. Second part (the coup) come to the stage when
>>bourgeois factions, both from DOS (Democratic Opposition of Serbia) and
>>Milosevic's SPS (Socialist Party of Serbia), realize that they have real
>>revolution in their own house. They moved away already defeated police,
>>prevent intervention of army and success to calm down people after just a
>>few hours of battle.
>***** The most famous of these urban uprisings was the Fall of the
>Bastille. The king decided to beef up his arsenal of weapons and
>soldiers in order to have the military force to dissolve the Estates
>General. But these actions inflamed the passions of public opinion.
>Increased mob activity in Paris led the Parisian leaders to form a
>permanent committee to keep order. Needing arms, they organized a
>popular force to capture the Invalides, a royal armory, and on July
>14 attacked the Bastille, another royal armory. But the Bastille had
>also been a state prison, and though it now contained only seven
>prisoners (five forgers and two insane people) its fall quickly
>became a popular symbol of triumph over despotism. Paris was turned
>over to the mob and Louis XVI was soon informed that the royal troops
>were unreliable. When told of this by an advisor, the king is
>supposed to have said, "but that's a revolt." No sire, his advisor
>replied, that's a revolution.
>In the case of Yugoslavia, however, we would have to invert the
>dialogue between the king and his adviser above: Was it a
>revolution? No, sir, it was a revolt. A real revolution, democratic
>or socialist, won't "calm down" after "just a few hours of battle."
>Leninism isn't the same as wishful thinking.
I agree Yoshie, Leninism isn't the same as wishful thinking. But, on the
other side, as Marxist-Leninist I can't denny facts. And facts are that in
Belgrade, on October 5th, we had a revolution. That revolution calm down
after just a few hours of battle just because of the coup d'etat. When
bourgeois saw the revolution they send few leaders of DOS which call the
people to stop to smashing and robbing of "our" shops. They called people to
stay on the streets and defend their victory by celebrating, singing, and
all that kind of spectacular bullshit. Since working class is under strong
influence of anti-communism and nationalism which is spread out by the
leaders of DOS, they again fall under the influence of bourgeois scum.
Now, a month later, I can proudly say, that people don't trust to DOS
anymore. Next time when they come to streets of Belgrade they would not calm
down after just a few hours of battle.
And don't forget Yoshie, that wasn't just a Belgrade revolution. In other
cities people also clashed with the police. And when whole country is in
revolt isn't that a kind of revolution?
Please, try to find on www.socialistworker.co.uk issue No. 1718 (October
14th) and article "After Serbia's revolution (Fight goes on for workers
demands)". There, in spite of some mistakes, you can find a good article
with real facts.
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