[Marxism] What kind of party do we need?
d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Fri Dec 28 17:18:36 MST 2012
In response to the thread "what kind of party do we need".
The answer is obvious : the entire working class, duh. The working class
that is so sliced up and so "managment through fear"-i-zed that US
workers consider Chinese workers as their greatest nemesis and French
workers consider Turkish workers as the embodiement of the EU-lead plan
to cheapen European labour by assimilating 75 million Turks (even though
the whole East European assimilation process has not brought about the
kind of ultra-cheap labour power the Capitalists were expecting).But
seriously. NO party can "represent" workers if it is not a workers'
council ("The Workers' Revolution will be the work of the Workers
themselves" as Marx wrote). The Russian revolution is a case in point :
when Soviets (councils) no longer represent the urban proletariat and
the peasants are forcibly repressed, then Stalin steps into the picture.
BTW, Trotsky would have performed exactly the same role, with his
"permanent revolution" to industrialize Russia while keeping the food
supply going. Okay, the omlette neccesitated the breaking of eggs, and
Trotsky as the head of the Red Army and butcher of the Urals, Ukranian
Maknovsctchina and Kronstadt would know, the USSR did eventually provide
quite a good framework for extracting surplus-value and allocating
ressources to smelting, iron mining, large appartement block-building,
hydro-electric dams, blah... blah... Turns out Peter the Great did an
equally good job in the 17th century of Europeanizing Russia, building
St PEtersburg out of a swamp, reforming the Orthodox Church so that the
Tsars would be the representatives of God (Holy Synod), abolishing
feudalism in line with meritocarcy (a nobleman would become noble in so
far as his kchin rank would establish him as a public servant),
reforming the national costume and sucessfully attacking Sweden,
Prussia, Poland and the Ottoman EMpire. "Our greatest national ressource
is men" claimed Catherine II and she was right. From PEter the Great's
coronation to the 18th century, the whole of Siberia became Russian as
did most of the Central Asian Republics. Stalin continued on the path
that would ultimately result in Putin (narrow Nationalism directed by a
small inner-circle), and Russia is still the richest nation on earth whn
it comes to Gold, Diamond, Gas,... and its working class still directed
towards nationalism and respect for authority, instead of letting it,
you know, take control of shit, like in Soviets(councils) as were
originally conceived. Mao played the same trick in China, the Chinese
peasentry were reduced to famine to provide for Mao's dreams of
procuring an A bomb.
With all the historical precedent and sociological knowledge that we
have, how can someone claim that a group of Bolsheviks can represent the
working class ?
Do Marxists not realize that emancipation for workers means just what
Marx said it meant. You know, the end of the division between
intellectual and manual labour. When did you see that occurring in a
Leninist-inspired revolution ? Actually, according to Marx (German
Ideology, Grundrisse, Kapital, Critique of Gotha) that was the first and
most decisive sign that a revolution was "Communist".
The whole philosophical POINT of Karl Marx is the end of the "rule of
philosophers", which he called"turning the world on its head". Material
reality is the foundation of social relationships. Bringing productive
man/woman back in charge of his/her destiny and not exploited by others
is the goal.
The individual, wrote Marx, will eventually recapture all the power that
he/she has alienated to others. This is happening as the productive
forces are slowly bring supreme physical mastery to mankind and at the
same time sharpening the class divide between the haves and the have nots.
However you put it, Marx was anti-Authoritarian and actually aware of
the dangers of State/Oligarchical-directed "socialism". Just read Marx.
Not the Leninist commentaries, Marx himself, in his own words. You will
get an answer to the "what kind of party" question.
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