Dms and bureaucracy - 2 Notes

Waistline2 at Waistline2 at
Sun Sep 28 01:50:47 MDT 2003

Sovietism has to be connected to the transformation from agriculture to
industry and the evolution of the industrial infrastructure or what is the same
thing, the industrial production of commodities. A privileged administrative
corps is a feature of all industrial societies no matter what their political
shell. The reason this is so resides in the internal logic and definition of
industrial production itself. Electro-mechanical production process as a living
process of production demands a corresponding organization to administer a vast
infrastructure and rationalize production. Local and "self administration" is
impossible before the emergence of computerized and digital processes.

What is being stated is that the growth of bureaucracy in human history has
to be wedded to and understood in connection with the development of the
material power of production first and foremost and not the evolution of the
political shell of society.

Bureaucracy - the organization of layers of society necessary for the
administration of the material power of the productive forces, is a feature of every
industrial society reaching its highest degree of development at the hands of
electro-mechanical process - and then, begins its leap and dissolution on the
basis of electro-computerized process. The advent of computerized production
process makes it possible to transfer administration from human beings into a
self-reproducing system. Human beings are no longer needed to count "widgets"
and allocate "things" because this function is transferred or rather becomes a
feature of the new infrastructure.

Here is what is being stated: My great-great-grandmother and father worked on
the land as slave and then sharecropper. A sharecropper is a person who works
on someone else land and get a share of the products they grow and harvest
for themselves.

Great great grandmother and father worked on the land as sharecroppers and
the tractor - a machine, replaced their human labor and kicked them out of the
class called sharecropper. Machines destroy and create classes and social
formation in society as a feature of human history. The computer is a new
technology but still a machine and this machine is kicking people out of their old
economic class because it replaces their human labor. Hundreds of thousands of
people use to work with slide rules and adding machines to count things and help
other thousands of people administer production until the computer came along
and made it so that ten people could do the work of ten-thousand people
scattered across the country in the General Motors corporation. These ten thousand
people use to be part of the General Motors bureaucracy.

The fact of the matter is that the bureaucracy in every country on earth is
the most dangerous enemy of the social revolution by definition. Bureaucracy
only appears to take on a life of it's own. In the last instance bureaucracy
must correspond - more or less, to a definable stage in the development of the
material power of production and be an instrument of a class and definable
property relations. Bureaucracy - in its fundamentality as an administrative
phenomenon in society, does not emerge from the political "superstructure," but
rather is generated from the material power of production as an aspect of "the

In America we are going to learn the painful lesson of the bureaucracy
because that is what we face. The bureaucracy is composed of real human being whose
economic existence is tied to the existence of bureaucracy. This applies to
the intelligence community as well as the welfare bureaucracy as well as all the
state governments within the American Union. Who are the real human beings
that composed the bureaucracy in America? Bushites, Clintonites, Reaganites or
what? Here is why I call the bureaucracy in the former Soviet Union the Soviet
bureaucracy and not the Stalinist bureaucracy, because most of the people
carrying out the administrative task could give less than a damn about Stalin when
he were alive and surely did not care after he died.

Stalin did not create the bureaucracy as such, only its form. The bureaucracy
arises as an attribute of industrial society and administration.

This is stated because the bureaucracy and the fight against it becomes a
form that the class struggle takes and took in the Soviet Union. My intent is not
to cover up the abuses of the Soviet bureaucracy, but one must use the
bureaucracy while fighting it at the same time. A complex form of struggle unfolds
in the ideological arena where one confesses their loyalty to the Soviet state,
while kicking Ivan Average in the ass. It gets more complex with the
diplomatic corps who are the direct people open to recruitment by bourgeois
imperialism. Holding diplomats families hostage became a tactic of the Soviet power
carried out by the KGB.

One must never be scared of the truth but must understand what they are
confronted with and the internal logic of the truth they confront. Much of the
bloodletting of the Soviet power was it using the bureaucracy and fighting it at
the same time. History has shown in my opinion that the death of Stalin untied
the hands of the bureaucracy, that he helped create and fought.

Stalinism - if such a term is to be used, is the economic and political
motion of the proletariat in power, during the era of transition to industrial
production: that is it is the totality of the methods used by the dictatorship of
the proletariat to consolidate its rule and build the foundation of socialism,
in conditions existing in a country of small peasants or what was called by
the previous generation of Marxist, petite bourgeois economy and manufacture.
Finding itself on an economic terrain, which is hostile to it, under
conditions, that daily and hourly breed the value relationship in an ever widening
scope, the proletariat could only put its dictatorship into motion by utilizing any
and every means at its disposal and by tremendous sacrifice and striving for
"ideological purity."

While ensuring the setting up and consolidation of the proletarian State
apparatus - its material rulership, and the administrative apparatus necessary for
the development of an industrial economy, and thus carrying out a vital
inescapable historical task, Stalin had to do two contradictory things at the same
time - use the bureaucratic apparatus to ensure the systematic fulfillment of
plans and fight against it simultaneously. Any trade union leader - or tenured
professor, understands this basic logic of industrial society. The industrial
apparatus - "the bureaucracy," is utilized and fought simultaneously.

This explains the reason why it was impossible for him to defeat the
bureaucracy decisively. Stalin perceived how bureaucratism continued to grow even when
he mercilessly hit at it and the new forms that it engendered. Soviet
Bureaucratism - understood by revolutionaries in the advanced capitalist countries to
mean the evolution of a privilege "new class" under socialism, is actually
the highest and last stage of the administration of people and this bureaucratic
apparatus begins its dissolution with the leap from industrial society to
electro-computerized production process. The administration of peoples gives way
to the administration - distribution, of things.

I believe the above is consistent with the vision of Marx as outlined in his
Critique of the Gotha Program and sums up the Stalin era of Soviet socialism.
The awful bloodletting in the Soviet Union was a particularly sharp form of
class struggle.

Revolution in the West would have lessened the sharpness of the struggle and
given the historical curve a different logic, but only a development in the
material power of production can set the stage for the demise of Bureaucratism
in human society. The administration of things under world socialism would
breed Bureaucratism if the infrastructure is industrial.

My wife helps me understand this. She picks up the telephone or get on the
computer and "Brown" - the UPS delivery service, is knocking on the front door
in a day or two.

Melvin P.


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