[Marxism] Trotskyism, Leninism and Wikipedia

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Mon Jan 9 12:03:37 MST 2006

Ed George :

What is the point of this? Are you bored?

CB; Trotskyism and Leninism are being discussed quite a bit with respect to
the revolution in South America. Lenin and Trotsky's theories with resepct
to revolutions in colonies , the relationship to imperialism seem relevant
to those discussions, don't you think ?

For example , don't you think the following helps in understanding the
debate here on South America ? Surely lots here are applying "permanent
revolution" theory to the situation.

Trotsky advocated proletarian revolution   as set out in his theory of
"permanent revolution <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_revolution> ",
and he argued that in countries where the bourgeois -democratic  revolution
had not triumphed already (in other words, in places that had not yet
implemented a capitalist democracy, such as Russia before 1917), it was
necessary that the proletariat make it permanent by carrying out the tasks
of the social revolution (the "socialist" or "communist" revolution) at the
same time, in an uninterrupted process. Trotsky believed that a new
socialist state would not be able to hold out against the pressures of a
hostile capitalist world unless socialist revolutions quickly took hold in
other countries as well. This theory was accepted by Lenin and the Bolshevik
party and guided their conception of the Russian Revolution as part of the
world revolution. The Stalinist faction within the Bolshevik Party adopted
the theory "socialism in one country
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism_in_one_country> " in 1924 in order
to justify making deals with imperialist countries and in order to advance
their own position and conception of Marxism by attacking the theories of
the current group of leaders (e.g., Trotsky).

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