[Marxism] Bolivia: A break in the biggest workers’ action of the last twenty years

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 31 10:46:52 MDT 2013

On 5/31/13 12:33 PM, Segis Mundo wrote:
> I am not a Trostkyist, contrary to the straw man which the moderator
> implied in a previous post and I don’t wholly agree with the analysis, but
> I think these events are a telling balance sheet on the project of, as
> Garcia Linera puts it himself, Andean developmentalist capitalism, but
> which quasi-Trot and 3rd wordlist commentators will proclaim ‘Socialism!’
> of the 21st century.

I actually doubt that socialism can arise out of a deeply impoverished 
and militarily vulnerable country like Bolivia or even Venezuela. When I 
hear sectarians bandy about the term, I really wonder if they have ever 
read Trotsky.

"But how far can the socialist policy of the working class be applied in 
the economic conditions of Russia? We can say one thing with 
certainty--that it will come up against obstacles much sooner than it 
will stumble over the technical backwardness of the country. Without the 
direct State support of the European proletariat the working class of 
Russia cannot remain in power and convert its temporary domination into 
a lasting socialistic dictatorship."

If Russia's future was so problematic, who in their right mind expects 
"socialism" to be built in a country with 10 million people and a GDP 
(24 billion dollars) less than half of Facebook's stock valuation (58 

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