[Marxism] Admire Colin Powell - Hell No!!!
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 16 14:30:20 MST 2004
Calvin Broadbent wrote:
> Isn't this revolution, necessary to rid men of t'he muck of ages',
> tacitly taken by Marx to mean violent insurrection?
Leon Trotsky, "If America Should Go Communist":
Without compulsion! The American soviets would not need to resort to the
drastic measures that circumstances have often imposed upon the
Russians. In the United States, through the science of publicity and
advertising, you have means for winning the support of your middle class
that were beyond the reach of the soviets of backward Russia with its
vast majority of pauperized and illiterate peasants. This, in addition
to your technical equipment and your wealth, is the greatest asset of
your coming communist revolution. Your revolution will be smoother in
character than ours; you will not waste your energies and resources in
costly social conflicts after the main issues have been decided; and you
will move ahead so much more rapidly in consequence.
Even the intensity and devotion of religious sentiment in America will
not prove an obstacle to the revolution. If one assumes the perspective
of soviets in America, none of the psychological brakes will prove firm
enough to retard the pressure of the social crisis. This has been
demonstrated more than once in history. Besides, it should not be
forgotten that the Gospels themselves contain some pretty explosive
As to the comparatively few opponents of the soviet revolution, one can
trust to American inventive genius. It may well be that you will take
your unconvinced millionaires and send them to some picturesque island,
rent-free for life, where they can do as they please.
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