[Marxism] Radical Art Is an Act of Uncompromising Passionate Resistance

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 19 07:38:24 MDT 2014

Indeed, in the '30s a split had opened within the US Marxist artists 
between artistic subservience to the creation of a dictatorship of the 
proletariat (as mandated by the Politburo in the Soviet Union) and 
proponents of art as an individual and communal weapon against all 
tyrannical hierarchies. This, in many ways was symbolized by the split 
between Stalin and Trotsky, which, in one example, manifested itself in 
different perspectives on art - an offshoot of their disagreement about 
the overall direction of communism between centralized brutal control 
(Stalin) and an ongoing populist proletarian revolution (Trotsky). The 
feud over international communist leadership ended when Stalin had 
Trotsky assassinated in Mexico City in 1940.


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