[Marxism] Law of Value (was Re: Did the Cuban Revolution enforce socialist realism?)

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Mon Dec 31 20:08:16 MST 2012

On Dec 31, 2012, at 9:20 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> Lebowitz claims that his view of socialism as an ongoing process of  
> transformation rather than a stage coincides with Marx’s writing,  
> but not that of Lenin. According to Lebowitz, Lenin’s postulation of  
> socialism as a “stage” prior to the achievement of communism  
> “distorts” (p. 107) Marx’s “dialectical understanding” (p. 108) of  
> the steady ripening of conditions leading to pure socialism.

Viewed *ex post*, from a communist society, socialism is but one  
"stage" ion the advancement of mankind toward the possibility of  
making its own history.  Viewed *ex ante*, from the perspective of  
workers oppressed by the capitalist social order, socialism is a  
transitional society that they need to go through for a prolonged  
period in order to achieve communism.  To deny the need for a  
transitional form of society ("socialism") is to affirm the immediate  
possibility of communism. Which results inevitably in Mao Tse-tung and  
Pol Pot.

Shane Mage

"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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