[Marxism] Re: SWP position on the present class nature of former Soviet bloc states
brian_shannon at verizon.net
Wed Jul 19 09:01:45 MDT 2006
> On Jul 19, 2006, at 12:31 AM, stansfield smith wrote:
> The SWP in the US has the position that the Soviet Union and the
> Eastern bloc states were degenerated workers states.I have not
> closely followed how their position on this has evolved since the
> USSR collapsed, the eastern bloc countries cast off rule by
> stalinist parties associated with the former USSR, and the GDR was
> incorporated into capitalist Germany. I understand the SWP
> initially characterized these changes as political revolutions
> against the stalinist bureaucracies in those countries.
> Does the SWP still characterize these countries as degenerated
> workers states? Or has it said these countries are now capitalist?
> Does the SWP now state what has occurred in the east was not a
> political revolution but a social counter-revolution that has
> restored capitalism? I have the impression the SWP no longer
> addresses this issue, I assume because they recognize their
> original analysis was not correct, but have been incapable of
> presenting a coherent new analysis.
> I am not aware of any former SWPers on this list who have
> questioned the original SWP analysis. Or raised the question
> whether the political "revolutions" in the 1990s have maintained
> the workers states in those countries, or whether these countries
> are now capitalist, after suffering what was in fact a social
> counter-revolution in the 1990s that restored capitalism.
Barry Sheppard defends the SWP's and Trotsky's views in "Theories of
the USSR in light of its collapse."
And you will find a March 2006 review (original version presented at
an URPE conference in 2004) of several theories including Sheppard
piece by Kamran Nayeri* at
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