Won't turn blind for our own history

Lueko Willms Lueko.Willms at t-online.de
Sun Sep 28 02:45:27 MDT 2003

in reply to
# Subject: Re: (Nestor) Re:What is Lüko looking for?
# From: "Nestor Gorojovsky" <nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar>
# Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 01:44:26 -0300
# http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/msg37290.html

>  Would it be too much of a request to 
> ask German workers not to harp on Stalinist deficiencies but on the 
> German government's role in Eastern Europe?

   Yes, by way too much. 

   It would mean to turn away our eyes from our own history, to live
only in the present, which cannot be properly understood without
absorbing the lessons of history. 

   It would also mean to turn away our eyes from our own presence and
from the class struggle in our own country -- well, of course, you
might argue that the PDS is irrelevant for the class struggle since
they have only two seats in the federal parliament, and take part in
only one government on the Laender (federal state) level. 

   It would mean to become blind for one of the main building blocks
of the objective situation in Germany which is the inequalities
between the former GDR and the former FRG, and all the legacy of the
division of the country over four decades. 

   It would mean turn blind for so important events in the history of
our class as mass mobilizations in the East which led to the downfall
of the stalinist regime of the GRD, the building of the Berlin Wall
in 1961, the workers uprising in 1953, the division of the nation
after the second world war, the war itself, the Spanish civil war,
the defeat of 1933, short everything which shaped the working class
in Germany of 2003. 

   It would mean to turn into deaf and blind morons who do not
understand anything at all of what is going around them and what is
happening to them. 

   Class struggle is not limited by national boundaries, even less
the development of class consciousness and the formation of a
revolutionary leadership. 

   You can't put a lid on a country and prohibit the workers of that
country to look beyond their borders, because that is the fief of
some other leadership team. 

   Unless you want to reduce all workers and oppressed peoples into a
mass of manipulable fools, so as the petty bourgeois leadership in
the Kreml would have liked. 

  In a previous message, 
# Subject: What is Lüko looking for?
# Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 11:16:37 -0300
# http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/msg37263.html

  Nestor Gorojovsky wrote: 

> I can't honestly understand what does a German Marxist do when, 
> instead of scrutinizing the record of its own Left and working class 
> as regards the Soviet Union, scrutinizes the record of the Soviet 
> bureaucracy and (indirectly) of the Soviet masses who found no way to 
> shrug it off their shoulders.

   Because, as I tried to explain, there is no Chinese Wall
separating them, but rather a Berlin Wall linking both. 

   The rising of the petty-bourgois caste over the Soviet workers
state and the extermination of the communist party is not something
which is limited by the internatinoal borders of the USSR. It had
become increasingly a conservatizing factor in world politics. 

   And the history of the German working class and of the Soviet
Union in the 20th century are intimately intertwined; one can't
separate one from the other. 

   It is the Stalin-Hitler-Pact of August 23, 1939, which opened the
door for the official beginning of World War II a week later, this
war with its aggression against the USSR became inevitable by the
defeat of the Spanish civil war, where the intervention of the Kreml
with the participation of German communists and Communists on both
sides of the political struggle within the republican camp, this war
was made possible by the destruction of the working class movement in
Germany by the defeat of 1933, and ... so again, no way of telling
the two things apart. And sure, a more daring action of the KPD
leadership in the summer of 1923 might have resulted in a victorious
socialist revolution in Germany which would have changed the course
of history, not only for the USSR, but for the world. 

  No reason for fatalism, nor voluntarism. And no reason to wear sack
clothes and ashes, either, but to learn from history. 

> Honestly and comradely, Lüko, I feel that you are failing to your 
> duty. Germany is still, and will be while capitalism exists, the 
> cornerstone of the European building. Your responsibilities are 
> highest.

   I discuss nothing more than these responsibilities, what you would
realize if you care to read my messages (which, I admit, differ from
what I would write for a German audience). 

   Besides, I don't see it as excluded that a socialist revolution
wins in Germany before capitalism is completely wiped away from the
face of this earth, but I'm no prophet... 

> Why, instead of talking to us about the Soviet bureaucrats, you don't 
> talk to us on the Social Democrat bureaucrats in Germany, who have 
> lost in Bayern against 61% vote to the Christian Democrats? 

   The bourgeois press is hiding behind these numbers that the CSU
actually did lose votes in this election compared to the previous
regional election four years ago, but the SPD lost nearly half of
their votes; a direct consequence of the wage-cutting policies pushed
forward by the SPD-led government in Berlin. 

> Aren't there working class votes in that 61%? 

  One has to weigh the percentages which are given as percentages of
valid votes cast by the percentage of the participation, which fell
from nearly 70% to a little less then 60%, mainly cause by a mass of
workers staying away from the poll.  

> What are you able to tell us 
> about the German working class? What about the consequences of 
> unification? What about the Ostalgie?

  Well, just keep on reading my messages to this mailing list, and
you will find out more.  

Lüko Willms 

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