Reassessing Nikita Khrushchev

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Wed May 9 15:51:29 MDT 2001


Henry:

> The Western Left never understood the necessity of terror as a revolutionary tool
while it sheepishly accepts the structural terrorism of the bourgeoisie.  What
destroyed the Soviet revolution was not the lack of freedom, but the demand for the
wrong kind of freedom.
>
I don't entirely doubt this Henry, but that leaves an essential problem- how does one
build socialism and not engender desire for the things that we commonly call
"bourgeois freedoms", etc? How are we to avoid those very desires? I think it far
better to look to ideals of "everything within the revolution" rather than simply to
lecture the revolutionary classes to give up these desires.

Macdonald






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