Happy New Year - 2010
2010-01-01 18:21:04 GMT
Sent: Tue, December 1, 2009 8:09:49 PM
Subject: [soviet_legacy] CCCP-TB / USSR-TV
The programs painfully reminded me of why I felt good about life in the Soviet Union and what we allowed ourselves to lose.
Soviet life was good compared to the bourgeois relations ushered in by the counter revolution. Actually, Soviet life between 1930 and 1989 was better than the real life experience of the majority of people on earth this January 1, 2010. Without question, the defeat of the proletariat in the land of socialism was our Paris Commune. You should understand that it took a very long time for American communism to understand the gravity of Khrushchev coming to power and by 1956/58, the die had been cast. Today, everyone get to witness the material difference between a socialist Russia and a capitalist Russia. The difference is hardly academic. Soviet socialism, with all its real and imaginary shortcomings wais infinitely higher and better than “bourgeois democratic capitalism.”
Perhaps, 2010 will be better in spreading the truth of Soviet life. Despite vicious anti-Sovietism parading as anti-Stalinism, certain truths about Soviet life did come to light on this list. Cities without crisis is something the lowest sector of the American proletariat needs to know about. There is hope and a vision of what kind of society we can create in America when free from bourgeois property. In the face of virulent distorters material concerning the establishment of the Soviet health care system - Red Medicine, saw the light of day on Soviet Legacy. Red Medicine and its need in America is a hotly contested issue in real time.
Soviet life under Stalin did score some monumental theoretical victory in the area of Marxist thought. Although outdated and in need of up date, the 1939 “Textbook of Marxist Philosophy” remains without peer, for the era in which it was produced. Between say 1929 and 1959, no sector of the world communist movement produced anything even remotely close to this fine exposition. Although needing up dating, the Chapter dealing with antagonism is a landmark in Marxist exposition.
Today, in real time the difference between contradiction and antagonism can be fully ascertained and articulated. For the past decade or so, a small but loud contingent of American Marxist have stubbornly fought the Soviet presentation of antagonism as having no validity whatsoever. If in fact society moves in class antagonism and not simply class contradiction, this proposition contains profound importance for today. The preservation of this historical document and its further clarification has been undertaken by a small group of American communists.
The Soviet Union did not degenerate and collapse as asserted by certain hostile political theorist. Rather, the communists were defeated as the Soviets attempted to leap to a new technological basis, requiring the destruction - sublating, of the old bureaucratic industrial organization, as the platform in the revolutionary advance to economic communism. The leap - meaning transition, evolves as a spontaneous social process driven by changes - qualitative changes, in the productive forces. The subjective factors determine the form of the outcome of the leap. On this question of the leap or the dialectic of transition, the Soviet Textbook of Marxist Philosophy remains the bookmark and revolutionary starting point.
Lenin and Comrade Stalin always maintained that real life teaches the masses and correct barren theoretical propositions. Socialism remained an unattainable dream until Stalin fought for its realization in 1/6 of the world. Stalin won despite the cowardly petty bourgeois intellectuals, perpetually fearing the power of capital and driven to seek refuge in world communist revolution during a period when such was impossible.
Today, the American working class is learning some bitter lessons, with the lowest section of the proletariat spontaneously moving towards communist policy as their material class program. This spontaneous growing movement is the most important event of the past 70 years. As long as American communists had to fight to win the workers ti “our program” this meant the workers had their own program of more than less support of American capitalism.
The stagnation and looming collapse of sectors of the American automobile industry creates conditions for a meaningful national dialogue on mass transportation. Such a dialogue can be made concrete using Soviet history and its mass system of city transportation. American industrial capitalism developed to its heights based on automotive production as an important driver of the national economy or heavy industry, which is very different from how the Soviets - under Stalin, developed industrial socialism. By industrial socialism is meant industrial means of production, whose production and expanding reproduction was not driven by the law system peculiar to capitalism with its anarchy of production. Without private property in the fundamental of the economy - heavy industry, means of production do not possess a commodity form.
Although dated and in need of up date, the Soviet Textbook of Political Economy, issued by the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR 1954, (the Stalin book of Political Economy) remains of historical importance as a bookmark and a bulwark against all kinds of revisions of Marx approach and unraveling of political economy.
I did note some polls in Russia during the month of December concerning the population attitude towards Stalin. Stalin remains viewed as a popular and great leader by the majority of the people and no matter who rules Russia or the other former Soviet Republics, the legacy and greatness of Stalin cannot be suppressed by lies and fabrications. The harsh reality of life teaches the masses in ways book learning can never achieve. I also note the celebrations marking 130 years since the birth of Stalin.
It is necessary to correct an assertion I made earlier in the years speaking of the failed August Insurrection. Hence forth, I will not refer to this attempt at taking power as insurrection. It was not. After careful consideration, it seems what took place was a failed palace coup, rather than Engels and Lenin’s description of insurrection and the insurrectionary movement.
The idea that all in the Soviet Union was peaches and cream or all good is hardly accurate. The idea that all was bad and counter revolutionary is the handiwork of the bourgeoisie and service the intelligence agencies of world capitalism. .
Let us march on til victory is won/one.
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