11/08/2018 by socialistfight
This is a very interesting post but Simon Pirani’s The Russian Revolution in Retreat attacks the very essence of Leninism/Trotskyism and indicates a retreat to social imperialism by Pirani, whom I knew in the WRP. he supported the Maidan Coup in 2014 and has oil interests in Ukraine.
He was one of the leaders of the left in the post split WRP Workers Press but ratted and re-ratted on the left. I was pleased to demonstrate against him in defence of the Donbass in London a few years ago.
Communists today must grapple with the difficult realities of the USSR, a society where capitalism didn’t operate but working class rule was liquidated.
All who call themselves communists will find themselves haunted by the question of the USSR and the Soviet Bloc and forced to reckon with its historical realties. The tyranny of Stalin, the dysfunctional economic system, the social conservatism and nationalism; these are facts that cannot be brushed aside if one wants to seriously deal with the legacy of Marxism. Even more so the fact that the remaining Stalinist states are drifting toward market reform or collapse would seem at face value to discredit the fight for a society beyond the market as utopian and hopeless. While the USSR is gone we still live under its shadow, its example used as the ultimate talking point to discredit any kind of politics (whether anarchist or marxist) that looks beyond…
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