[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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