need for apology ?

Jurriaan Bendien j.bendien at SPAMwolmail.nl
Mon Jan 1 03:59:04 MST 2001


Thanks for the tip, I feel the same way !

Jurriaan

At 05:26 PM 12/31/00 -0800, you wrote:
> > It's like saying we shouldn't discuss instances of political repression in
> > Cuba on the list, "because it might harm Castro's position".
> >
>
>If you answered thew question "what is Castroism?" with: "Anything bad on
>the left".
>then you wold have the same idea. What is close to anti-communism is the
>wholesale
>labelling of all episodes in existing socialist states that were bad as
>"Stalinist
>perversion" and all that works/ed as Marxist.
>
>One can talk about the purges and many other grave distortions of the
>ideals of the
>Russian Revolution without sectarian shorthand labels. I have noticed on
>this list a
>tendency to call this "Stalinism" Actually existing socialism. If actually
>existing
>socialism is too positive, still others call it "actually existing socialism".
>
>Whatever...it just means you can make the same point without gettting
>anybody's back
>twisted in a knot.
>
>Macdonald






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