[Marxism] What was "white" and "European" about Soviet "socialism"

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Sun Nov 19 15:34:07 MST 2006

It seems to me that the political leaders of the USSR and China made their
choices long before the government of the former openly acknowledged its
embrace of capitalism.  Historically, we see the most revolutionary features
of socialist thought when it is rooted in and expressed by "the
outsiders"--Jews as a group but also the thousands of political refugees
that clustered at times in London, Brussels, New York, Paris, Zurich....

I'm not suggesting that you have to be in exile or in some kind of ethnic
internal exile, but you have to be an outsider from the first step into an
analysis.  What always strikes me about liberals (and many radicals) is that
they will discuss something like Iraq or Africa or even the state of the
city's finances as though "we" are engaged in some kind of project.
Rhetoric aside, there is a fundamental identification with the dominant
class that causes my mental antibodies to don a hazmat suit before handling
anything further they say.


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