Source: The Democratic Socialist Cul-de-sac: A Critical Look at The Socialist Manifesto – COSMONAUT
Source: The Democratic Socialist Cul-de-sac: A Critical Look at The Socialist Manifesto
This is an engaging critique of the reformist path and it is important, essential, for leftists to try to present the basics of revolutionary transformation, but the problem seems to be that while reformism can be critiqued for its failure the revolutionary framework is equally open to such criticism: if the leninist path itself failed just what is being pointed to as an exemplar for the left? The whole dilemma needs to be reexamined and those who preach the revolution sermon need to recast their thinking without citing russian revolution, a record of confusion, failure and finally stalinism.
Despite our critiques,this remains a classic piece
The Marxist theory of the state and the tasks of the proletariat in the revolution
Source: The State and Revolution
The fallacies of marxism are a great tragedy in world history. The Russian revolution created a tremendous opportunity which was squandered completely via the idiocy of Lenin/Stalin, but more the …
Source: The lost opportunity of the era of bolshevism and its stupidities – Toward a New Socialism
This is a useful and relevant take on the question of leninism and the current left. The claim for the democratic focus of the early bolsheviks is important. Continue reading “the lenin obsession…//The Retrograde Left – COSMONAUT”
Source: Looking for Loopholes: On the Misuses of Lenin’s “‘Left-Wing’ Communism” | Left Voice
This is a useful study of a long lost work of Lenin, but is the foundation for discussion solid? Did Lenin, at the fountainhead of what became the failure of bolshevism, really have the right strategy on any level? Was the Russian revolution doomed to failure based on its marxist hardcore with all of its fallacies? The question of reformism is complex and tricky and stalked the left already in the nineteenth century. The emphasis on revolution persisted through the confusion of Bernstein and later.
In fact, it is almost impossible to sort out the legacy here. Its inner contradiction cripples the left to this day. Continue reading ” Bolsheviks and socialism? was their only achievement a secret police (which is all that survives to this day)…?”
In Russia, Vladimir Putin’s evil genius matters less than pressures from the ultrarich, US foreign policy, and the ravages of the neoliberal Yeltsin years.
Source: Russia Beyond Supervillainy
A new book on Putin and Russia, reviewed favorably today at the Guardian, Counterpunch and Jacobin suggests an important read and some essential re-analysis of the Putin/Russia phenomenon. Continue reading “blame game: blaming marxism for Putin…//Russia Beyond Supervillainy”