[Marxism] A novel analysis of Stalinism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 26 07:50:42 MDT 2016

(The guys who wrote this nonsense are heavy into Althusser and Zizek.)


Both Trotsky and Fitzpatrick analyse Stalin’s rule as a period which 
marked the return to the traditional Russian values: the end of the 
sexual revolution, homosexuality was banned, the artistic creation was 
limited and confined within the coordinates of the regime. Fitzpatrick, 
among many others, reads this as the return to tradition. Stalinism is 
often perceived as the restoration, as the Thermidorian sequence. The 
hypothesis we want to propose is the following: instead of designating 
Stalinism as the Thermidor of the October Revolution, we argue that the 
end of the ‘cultural revolution’ was seen as a way of preventing the 
students and others to further divide themselves from the masses. The 
Russian masses, in the 1920s, were evidently more culturally 
conservative than the urban revolutionaries of their time. In this 
sense, Stalin would have tried to take communism seriously, in the sense 
of trying to avoid the lagging behind of the masses, rather than 
equating possible communism with an empty slogan of a TV commercial in 
which ‘everything goes.’ This polemic process exemplifies what 
bureaucracy truly meant for Stalin: “bureaucratism means holding to 
established rules, routines, not thinking independently while 
contributing nothing new that might be dictated by changed circumstances.”

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