Exactly what kind of sophisticated analysis do you need of Vietnam,
North Korea, China, Venezuela etc? I think it's ludicrous that you
accept without any further qualification that these states actually
represent existing socialism.
On 8/27/05, Mauricio Martinez <kidvanguard@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I can't think of a more undialectical, and frankly robotic statement than
> this one right here, which only confirms Walter's statement about the
> "regretfullness" of various sectarian analyses of actually existing socialism
> (or attempts at socialism).
> The question is whether Trotsky's analysis of the degeneration of the USSR
> immediately, without any further qualification, applies to Vietnam, North
> Korea, China, Venezuela etc. This is ludicrous. Let's remember our
> dialectical materialism people. Lenin provides a good summary of the
> dialectical approach in "The Three Sources and Component Parts of Marxism."
> He defines it as the doctrine "of the relativity of human knowledge, which
> provides us with a reflection of eternally developing matter."
> So Trotsky's analysis of the USSR, as human knowledge, was relative to, and
> a reflection of, a situation that has eternally developed itself out of
> existence. I mean, what the hell?! Is it too much to ask for a more
> sophisticated analysis than Calvinist declarations of Trotskyist dogma?
> Really! Just goes to show you that sometimes intelligent idealism is closer
> to intelligent materialism than vulgar materialism.
> Mauricio Martinez
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