[Marxism] Re: Barry Sheppard's political memoir of the US SWP, 1960-88

Tom O'Lincoln suarsos at alphalink.com.au
Tue Mar 29 20:18:59 MST 2005


Bob Gould:
>>Sheppard ... met both Max Shachtman and James P. Cannon ... he started
out in the socialist movement as a supporter of Shachtman’s state
capitalist theory about the nature of the 
USSR. He shares that unusual experience with Tim Wohlforth, James Robertson
and probably Fred Mazelis.<<

Yes that would be a very unusual experience, given that Shachtman DID NOT
think the USSR was state capitalist. In fact he referred to state
capitalism as an "infantile theory". Shachtman thought the stalinist
regimes were a new kind of class society, called "bureaucratic
collectivism".




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