[Marxism] Fwd: Bernie and the Bolsheviks: Why the implications of Sanders’ “political revolution” go further than you think - Salon.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 15 06:01:15 MDT 2016

What an absurd historical analogy. They are not Mensheviks. They are 
like the Cadets, the part of liberal reform in Czarist Russia.
"In political terms, both Sanders and Clinton are Mensheviks at most 
(the ancestors of modern European social democrats, more or less), and 
not the most adventurous among them. Those Democratic loyalists who 
emphasize that the two candidates aren’t far apart on many issues, and 
that the difference between them is mostly a matter of symbolism and 
semantics, are partly right. But they fail to appreciate how deep that 
symbolic divide goes, and how much meaning it carries. The Bolsheviks 
and Mensheviks both wanted to “build socialism,” but one group went into 
parliamentary politics forever while the other overthrew the Romanov 
dynasty and then liberal democracy and tried to establish the 
“dictatorship of the proletariat.” Neither experiment worked out exactly 
as intended, but that would be an extremely long tangent."


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