Bolivia 1952/53

Jose G. Perez jgperez at
Mon Jul 1 19:58:07 MDT 2002

>>The truth is, the Bolivian revolution, the first
workers' revolution in the Americas to follow the
pattern of the Russian Revolution is highly ignored
and/or misrepresented outside Latin America. It stands
as a reminder of the possibilities and potential of
workers revolution in the hemisphere in contrast with
all the BS that came afterward.<<

This idea, that the revolution in other countries must or should follow the
pattern of some original mold, is a very strongly held one in the Trotskyist
movement; especially among the currents that sometimes used to style
themselves "orthodox" trotskyists, i.e., the current that emerged in the
early 1950s against the European international center, the anti-Pablo

They key thing to note, however, is that, unlike in the tsarist empire, the
immediate contradictions that lead to a revolutionary crisis take *national*
not class forms, and it is often also true that the workers movement in the
process of emerging originally presents itself as an undifferentiated
national movement of the entire "people" (all social classes save the

Thus the cases that must be studied as paradigmatic for the revolutions in
Latin America are México, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile,
Venezuela, etc.... NOT the case of tsarist Russia.

What *actually* "stands as a reminder of the possibilities and potential of
workers revolution in this hemisphere" is precisely what Armand Diego
dismisses as "all the BS that came afterwards," the Cuban Revolution.


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