history and class struggle

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at SPAMoregon.uoregon.edu
Mon Feb 19 18:27:52 MST 2001


On Sun, 18 Feb 2001, Gorojovsky wrote:

> is a one-party state) states were never proletarian, in spite of all
> their verbiage, East and West were NOT converging into a single monster.
> Convergence required to previously dismantle one of the "convergers" .
> That is, they were in deadly conflict.

There's been nothing more fatal to the Left than assuming that
socialism is identical to some existing state apparatus. The Soviet Union
had some socialist features, some capitalist ones, and some feudal ones;
class struggle continued to go on beneath the veneer of one-party rule.
Same is true for the US -- public education, environmental laws, and a
progressive tax code are very socialist things, which the ruling class
would like to destroy. Adorno's point is that the US and USSR were two
sides of the same world-system, and that nowhere did a realm of true human
freedom exist. For all Adorno's faults and limitations, this insight alone
makes him one of the great thinkers of the 20th century -- the insight
that we've got to think, act and organize *globally* from now on. This
doesn't mean bashing Cuba and China for having one-party states, it means
critical solidarity with workers everywhere.

-- Dennis






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