[Marxism] Earliest use of word "Staliniam"
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Mon Aug 2 03:07:24 MDT 2010
>> Every post on this list for 10 years that I have read which contained
the word "stalinism" was a post that should not have been sent. The very use
of the word in referecnce to current political tendencies demonstrates
that the user is not thinking at that point in his/her post.
It names nothing. <<
It is a generally conceded that there existed a Stalin polarity within the
historic international communist movement. This political polarity is
associated with the name of Stalin due to his leadership role in the Soviet
party; a specific line of march he advanced for the international communist
movement; his doctrine of building an industrial economy in the Soviet Union
without capitalist ownership of factories and that which is fundamental to
an industrial infrastructure and of course his theory discourse on colonial
and national question. Some associate the Stalin polarity or “Stalinism”
with the logic of the motion of the victorious proletariat in a country of
small producers under condition of capitalist encirclement. Some see in the
Stalin polarity despotic rule, kangaroo courts, the modern penal system
(gulag) and the hangman’s noose.
The old CPUSA was very much a part of the Stalin polarity as was perhaps
80%, maybe even 90% of the world communist movement. In America what
anchored the Stalin polarity between 1928 and 1970 – specifically up to Watts
1965 and Detroit 1967, was the Comintern’s conception of the “Negro Question.”
My own political history is bound up with the Stalin polarity with heavy
historical reference to his exposition on the colonial question; why and how
the national factor merges with and becomes expressed on the basis of
colonies after the first world imperialist war. This is so because the issue of “
socialism in one country” was never a practical question for the
spontaneous proletarian movement in America.
The last great split in the international communist movement was the
rupture between the Soviet party and CCP, with the latter expressing the Stalin
polarity up to roughly the death of Chairman Mao.
If in fact the Stalin polarity was an “ism” or a doctrine or Stalinism,
and it most certainly was, then it began collapse in unison with the collapse
of the parties of the Comintern.
In my estimate there no longer exists a Stalin polarity as such, although
there apparently exists small sects and ideological bents dedicated to the
memory of Stalin. If nothing else ideological Trotskyism cannot exist as an
ideological bent without continuous restoration of ideological Stalinism or
its polarity. Thus, a new or neo Stalinism has to be invented.
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