File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/97-01-29.113, message 13

Subject: M-I: Stalinophobia
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 13:56:57 -0500 ()

     We have just been told that "Stalinism is dead, it was 
a historical phenomenon."  Well, I would suggest that it is 
very alive, if not well, in the DPRK, North Korea, both 
ideologically and in fact on the ground.  Indeed, one 
argument for Stalinism would be that the DPRK is the one 
socialist nation not to have made any significant movement 
in the direction of either markets or capitalism.  Even 
Cuba has done so lately.  Of course, the flip side is that 
the DPRK is experiencing very severe economic difficulties, 
but then so are many of the nations that have attempted to 
move to markets or capitalism or both from socialism.
     There are certainly fans of Stalin on this and other 
lists.  On pen-l, Shawgi Tell issues regular messages 
straight out of Pyongyang and he has defended the Moscow 
Trials, as have some on this list also (no, I am NOT 
interested in revisiting that issue, as one of the former 
participants in the diatribes over it!).  Of course Shawgi 
comes across as a bit robotized, especially in comparison 
with this list's Adolfo, who says little about the DPRK, 
but who swings from eloquent elegance to masterful 
denunciation with barely a bat of his eye, :-).
Barkley Rosser

Rosser Jr, John Barkley

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