[Marxism] Admire Colin Powell - Hell No!!!

Louis Proyect 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 
aphorisms.

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.

full: http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/1935/1935-ame.htm

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