Tuesday, 11 July 2017
A Political Disagreement
-Poul Anderson, Poul Anderson replies to E. Brandis and V. Dmitrevskiy (trans. Theodre Guerchon), "The Future, Its Promoters And False Prophets" IN FSF, Oct '65.
I disagree. Marxism has four off-shoots:
(i) European Social Democracy which became parliamentarist and pro-capitalist like the trade union-based British Labour Party;
(ii) Stalinism which retained the name "Communism" but became "socialism in one country," thus ceasing to be internationalist;
(iii) orthodox Trotskyism based on the idea that Stalinist Russia remained socialist albeit bureaucratically degenerated;
(iv) unorthodox Trotskyism based on an analysis of Stalinist Russia as not socialist but state capitalist with the bureaucracy exploiting labour in order to compete militarily against the Western powers.
I do not include Maoism, which was Chinese Third World nationalism with a Stalinist ideology, and I regard unorthodox Trotskyism as preserving Marxist theory and practice undogmatically. The leading theoretician, Cliff, had to break from dogma in order to analyze Stalinism as a form of capitalism.