[Marxism] Moderator's note to Pavlo Lenin

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 15 12:00:31 MDT 2004


Pavlo Lenin wrote:
> Sir:
>    It is one thing to support the gains of October and to support a workers state even a deformed one. But the reasons I gave were sound, Stalinism is what destroyed the USSR and the Eastern States. There should indeed have been free speach and the democracy of the Working Class. The purpose of the State should have been mainly for the suppression of the capitalists, and the upper classes. Not for the control of the working population. The reasons I gave are historically accurate, and correct from a scientificly socialistic point of view. This was the point of view of Trotsky, and what V.I.Lenin wrote about in "State and Revolution"

Dear Comrade Lenin,

I am not going to comment on the presumptuousness of your tag, but will 
inform you that this is not the proper place to rehash the 
Stalin-Trotsky debate. In fact, I just now added this to the 
subscription page of www.marxmail.org:

We also exclude fights over whether Trotsky, Stalin or Mao, etc. 
represent the true continuity with Marx, Engels and Lenin. A search for 
such pedigrees tends inevitably to degenerate into sterile scholasticism 
and flame wars.


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