[Marxism] No such thing as a bourgeois revolution?

Angelus Novus fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 29 20:36:17 MDT 2013

Louis wrote:

> How else would you describe the millions of former peasants who would 
> become state employees in steel mills or coal mines? 

I'm not disputing that the Chinese peasantry has been turned into a proletariat.  I'm just disputing that such a thing has anything to do with socialism.

That's not to say that a majority peasant-led revolution could not in principle create the conditions for socialism.  I think Marx was onto something in his letters to Zasulich about revolutions in peasant societies bypassing capitalism.  But such a process would also bypass the creation of a proletariat entirely.  The tragedy of most 20th Century revolutions is precisely that they were never able to bypass that process (due to the absence or failure of revolutions in the "developed" capitalist countries.  I think recognizing this danger was one of the clearest insights Lenin had).

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