[Marxism] RE:It's those damn petty-bourgeois at it again!
M. Junaid Alam
alam1 at lefthook.org
Wed Nov 30 17:34:03 MST 2005
My last 2 cents on this.
I think it's pretty clear from Collum's latest postings that State
Capitalism is moral outrage at the failings of the USSR wrapped in the
pretenses of a theory. It's moral disappointment masquerading as
political science. Not even saying the moral feeling isn't justified,
but let's call a spade a spade here. Personally I'm more comfortable
with the idea, distilled into a slogan by Daniel Singer, that socialism
in a backward country is backward socialism. But if you take the
state-cap road then you have the benefit enjoyed by anarchists and
liberals of not having to defend or apologize or really think about what
the USSR meant, because it's not your "kind" of leftism, while
maintaining the rest of the socialist position.
Frankly, worse things could happen over here in the real world. The ISO
is state-cap, but in the counter-recruitment and student anti-war
protesting work I'm heavily involved in publicizing and trying to
articulate, no one really cares whether you think Cuban property
relations constitutes a deformed worker's state, state capitalism or
Chef Boyardee's ravioli mix.
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