[Marxism] Stalinist-Trotskyist bromance

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 07:41:28 MST 2014


Actually Trotsky was focused on the contradiction between the forces and
relations of production (and associated norms of distribution), i.e. how
the inadequacy of the former hamstrung efforts to move beyond bourgeois
forms of the latter
Re-read the paragraphs cited (which are at:
http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/ch09.htm )
That contradiction was also the main one pointed out by Mandel.

On Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM, michael a. lebowitz via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Louis wrote:
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> From "The Revolution Betrayed":
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> 'The Soviet Union is a contradictory society halfway between capitalism
> and socialism, in which: (a) the productive forces are still far from
> adequate to give the state property a socialist character'
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> On this matter, they clearly shared a focus on the primacy of the
> productive forces--- in contrast, eg, to an emphasis upon the relations of
> production.
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