[Marxism] Wherefore art thou Socialism?

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Thu Nov 3 06:20:20 MST 2005

We also have to remember that most of the eastern bloc was not
"socialist" for some years after the war.  The USSR itself initially
called them "Peoples' Democracies"--this by virtue of their military
occupation by the Red Army not any kind of internal democratic
standards.  The USSR sought to use these as "buffer states" against
another western invasion.  However, it sought to prop up governments in
these countries in which communists participated but certainly did not
predominated.  If memory serves, the Red Army actually put one of the
old monarchies back in place to start.  

I don't think the Russians began to claim that Poland, East Germany,
etc. were "socialist" until around 1948, after the Cold War was well
under way.

All of which is to say that the "demise" of "socialism" would have been
an odd phrase to apply that early in the process...perhaps the "demise"
of everything that the words "socialism" and "democracy" meant, but not
a demise of socialism.


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