File spoon-archives/marxism-general.archive/marxism-general_1996/96-12-18.142, message 6


Date: Wed, 11 Dec 1996 23:20:47 -0500
Subject: Re: M-G: Re: On the Irrelevance of the Soviet Union


Siddharth Chatterjee wrote:
> 

> 
> The hypothesis here suggested regarding a law of socialist breakthrough
> and consolidation in the era of imperialism is: in the era of continuing
> predominance of imperialism, with its world wars and uneven development
> of nations, the system's weakest links - major countries, mainly, or
> largely, semifeudal-semicolonial - constitute possible locales of
> socialist breakthrough and, correlatively, such locales preclude full
> and final completion of socialist consolidation. This cleavage between
> the initial and the ultimate, between the possibility of beginning and
> the impossibility of completing, this saga of necessity and human will
> is a phase in society's alternating forward and backward course, a
> regression that is not a dead end but a connection to eventually
> resumed and far greater social advance........

This Ira Gollobin sounds like a closet Trotskyist, for if this pseudo-scientific
babble has any meaning at all - it's that socialism in one country is impossible.

The Lenin quote is very good, though. Timely too.

Vladimir


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