[Marxism] Trecherous and bourgeois Bolivian regime...

Lüko Willms lueko.willms at t-online.de
Sun Jan 29 13:39:26 MST 2006

On Sun, 29 Jan 2006 08:22:15 -0500, Joaquín Bustelo wrote:

> This goes back to a question I've asked repeatedly on this list of 
> I consider ultraleft on this issue, which is, if some Bolshevik
> committee had somehow wound up in charge after the February 
> would that have transformed the February Revolution into the October
> Revolution? Was the Kerensky period a historical accident, or was it a
> *necessary* part of the process (albeit not necessarily in that 

   I don't think that it was a necessary phase, but one has to cope with 
the fact that history does not advance according to a previously 
outlined blueprint, but that the only constant element is the big 

   One should also be clear that, as long as the Mensheviks and the 
Socialist Revolutionists had a majority in the soviets, the slogan "All 
the power to the soviets" was a demand to the above mentioned parties to 
take the power in their hands, i.e. to "Expel the 10 
minister-capitalists!", and to base their provisional governments on the 
soviets instead of the pre-war Duma. 

   Turning to Bolivia, I admit that I do not know very much about that 
country, and that I don't know if Evo Morales will be the leader of that 
country's socialist revolution. He made some very important moves with 
and after his taking office, I think about that celebration before the 
formal oath in the parliament, i.e. according to old Indio rites at this 
holy place; and of course his trip to Cuba with the agreements concluded 
there, the removal of the leadership of the armed forces, the personel 
selected for the government, and the slashing of his salary. 

   Coming back to the speculation if Morales will be the leader of 
Bolivias socialist revolution -- I think that ain't so important, I 
think, but important is some lessons of the art of revolutionary 
leadership, which are 

a) hail every positive step taken by his government; 

b) taking political power is a goal only in so far as political power is 
necessary to really change something, i.e. as a means, not an end; 
c) stick to proposing concrete practical solutions to practical problems 
as seen by the working masses, and deal with the resistance against such 
practical solutions from the priviledged and propertied classes, since 
such measures will infringe in their privileges and property rights. 

Lüko Willms
Frankfurt, Germany
visit http://www.mlwerke.de Marx, Engels, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotzki in German

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