Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Mar 15 08:06:55 MST 2001

>I think perhaps these forces, who perhaps seem to be simply pro-capitalists
>using uncompromising street actions, are uin many cases part of elaborate
>networks, financed and organized from the U.S., using the National Endowment
>or the private forms like Goerge Soros,  as well as Germany, England and
>other EU countries, or in Africa, using similar groups in South Africa which
>are subsets of Soros, so that these actions have a colonial character.

In fact George Soros, the CIA, and all the other western imperialist
agencies were always much more resolute than their foes. Ths is the
problem, isn't it? The Soviet bureaucracy and its lieutenants in Eastern
Europe were what could be called a petty-bourgeois layer in Marxist terms,
occupying a middle ground between the masses and the capitalist ruling
classes of the west. They were similar to the trade union bureaucracy in
the west for that matter. When the west stepped up its aggression during
the Reagan era, this was exactly the time when such "Communist" parties
lost whatever fiber of radicalism that ever existed. No more Khrushchev
banging his shoe at the UN. Rather we got Gorbachev promoting perestroika
and glasnost while selling out Nicaragua.

>I think perhaps the decisive question is: to what extent are any of the old
>communists who have NOT sold out to the US/Germany, etc., capable of seeing
>that it is the transformation of thinking through struggle combined with the
>political exposure of the pro-Western flunkies that is this which is
>decisive( the sort of thing discussed in Lenin's book "What is to be Done")
>In Serbia the SPS is trying to do this with some energy.

The SPS will never be able to turn back the clock. In my polemic against
the Trotskyists, I compared Nicaragua to Yugoslavia on the basis that both
countries were considered obstacles to imperialism's plan to turn a
regional area into a source of cheap labor for multinationals. What I did
not say then I will say now. The Sandinistas will never be able to win
power electorally and transform Nicaragua into the kind of semi-socialist,
semi-cooperativist society that became an inspiration for the rest of
Central America. By transforming itself into a social democratic entity,
the FSLN lost the capacity to fight. When fighting to win power, its
militants would often defeat Somoza forces many times larger because they
had something they believed in. The Titoist movement was the Sandinista
movement of its time. Let us not forget that the victory of his partisans
was the first genuine proletarian revolution since 1917. While identifying
with Titoism ideologically, the SPS had gone the route of the FSLN toward
respectability. We need parties in Eastern Europe and Central America that
are as willing to fight as hard as our class enemies. Anything short of
this is doomed to failure.

Louis Proyect
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