[Marxism] Confronting the Stalinist Legacy

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Thu Jan 2 20:29:44 MST 2014

The article sent by Eli Stephens was well worth reading.  I think it is fair to say that there are many people in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who believe they have lost something.

The article opens with the words, "Shattered after generations of U.S. aggression,..."  Indeed there was hostility by capitalist governments.  But is that sufficient to explain the collapse of the Soviet Union?  Were there no internal weaknesses and shortcomings?
If U. S. agression explains the collapse of the Soviet Union, should we now resign ourselves to the collapse of Cuba?

The article tells us, "Under socialism, citizens of the USSR were promised in the Constitution freedom of speech, press and assembly; women's equality; and rights to privacy."  I am sure that is correct.  But did the Soviet government deliver on those promises? Or did they suppress those rights?
In my opinion, the absence of these rights contributed to the depoliticization and demoralization of the Soviet working class and ultimately to the collapse of the USSR.

						ken h

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