[Marxism] If Marxism is a Science then itsPredictions ShouldMatter...
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Thu Dec 1 07:31:21 MST 2005
In a message dated 01/12/2005 13:50:25 GMT Standard Time,
rrubinelli at earthlink.net writes:
> Nothing "lateral" about it. It, the destruction of the USSR, was the
> greatest defeat suffered by the working class in the 20th century, just
> as the triumph in 1917 was its greatest step forward, the most important
> event in human history; a giant step stopped in mid-stride before it
> could put its foot down, and drop the other shoe, so to speak. The
> events of 1991, however, were the cutting off, not of the stride, but
> the legs themselves.
Amen to that. You're absolutely right. Since the collapse of the USSR, US
Imperialism has spread like a cancer around the world, intent on spreading the
writ of the free market to every corner of the planet, utilizing military might
where economic penetration meets with resistance. Witness the break-up of
Yugoslavia, for no other reason than it was an example of an alternative social
and economic model at the heart of Europe; witness the forced removal of
Aristide in Haiti for failing to implement the writ of the free market with
sufficient vigor; witness the attempted coup against Chavez in Venezuela; the
continued embargo of Cuba and isolation of the DPRK. Then, of course, witness the
invasion and occupation of Iraq in order to control, not just the oil, but oil
prices, thereby smashing the stranglehold of OPEC.
The same war being waged against poor nations abroad is being waged against
workers at home. The UK, after thirty years of the free market, whilst the
fourth richest economy in the world, now has the worst social indicators in
Western Europe. Blair was able to accelerate a process begun by Thatcher only
because of the collapse of the USSR and its example of a state where the principles
of social and economic justice were enshrined. Yes, bourgeois freedoms
connected to economic status - such as freedom of the press, movement, travel, etc. -
were constrained. However, those freedoms pale in comparison to the right to
work, the right to healthcare, the right to affordable housing, a decent
pension, and so on.
The workers in the Soviet Union were depoliticized, treated like children in
effect, by a bureaucracy which had removed itself from the workers and, in a
hangover from the days of Stalin, didn't trust them. This lack of trust went
both ways, and was largely responsible for the apathy of the people when the
Soviet Union collapsed.
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