[Marxism] Re: state capitalism

DLVinvest at cs.com DLVinvest at cs.com
Fri Jun 18 02:27:47 MDT 2004

In a message dated 6/17/04 7:25:27 PM Mountain Daylight Time, 
minnows at connexus.net.au writes: 
> in the light of the collapse of the USSR etc,  the ensuing immiseration of 
> the post-Soviet proletariat made a lot of us think thoughts along the lines 
> of "well that state capitalism theory was obviously a crock, just look at the 
> relative advantages under the Soviet system", horrific bureaucratic 
> distortions aside.

Not to rehash or quibble, but the contemporary real-life significance of the 
collapse of the USSR  and restoration of capitalism there is not what 
"relative advantages" the Soviet workers derived from socialism relative to 
capitalism, but what the revolutionaries might have done differently had it not been for 
imperiliast encirclement and war, but what else they might have done given 
those facts and conditions: i.e., the choice between choice and necessity.

Douglas L. Vaughan, Jr.
for Print, Film & Electronic Media
3140 W. 32nd Ave. 
Denver CO 80211

More information about the Marxism mailing list