[Marxism] Confronting the Stalinist Legacy

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 2 14:43:49 MST 2014


On 1/2/14 4:28 PM, En Passant with John Passant wrote:
> In this article in Marxist Left Review, Red Flag editor Corey Oakley
> in 2011 makes the socialist case against Stalinism and its rotten
> heritage for and impact even today on the Left.
>
> http://enpassant.com.au/2014/01/03/confronting-the-stalinist-legacy/

 From the article:

"Renfrey Clarke, reporting back from a 1986 trip to Moscow for the SWP’s 
paper Direct Action, gave an account reminiscent of the rosy reports 
given by Western journalists toured through the USSR by officials from 
Stalin’s department for useful idiots in the 1930s".

But this is the same Renfrey Clarke who shares Corey's analysis of 
Libya. Also, if you are going to quote Chris Slee as a "Stalinist", how 
can you not quote Michael Karadjis whose analysis is also close to Corey's?

I am all for polemics around this question and share SAlt's repudiation 
of Venezuela and Cuba's rancid ties to dictators like al-Assad and 
Qaddafi, but you have to conduct them on a very scrupulous basis. Also, 
the SA must be credited for allowing its members to defend contrary 
positions in public. This is the sort of revolutionary movement we need, 
one that does not make Libya or Syria a litmus test.




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