[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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