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(en) anarkismo.net: Critical collection of Stalinist totalitarianism and the attempt to normalize the absurd by BrunoL (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:35:17 +0300


In this brief article, I compile remarks from the recent clashes I participated in this early October 2019. The division into topics may facilitate reading although I recognize that in the more "orthodox" tradition of leftist texts, it breaks the rhythm of the narrative. Between pros and cons, we follow. ---- October 07, 2019, Bruno Lima Rocha ---- Presentation ---- There is a new wave on the Brazilian internet, specifically the political use of the network, which is interesting and at the same time deserves a warning. There is a considerable and recognized effort to normalize Stalin's crimes, and beyond, to regain the full experience of Eastern Europe and symbolically link to China's presence today, such as the Mandarin Superpower. In this brief article, I compile remarks from the recent clashes I participated in this early October 2019. The division into topics may facilitate reading although I recognize that in the more "orthodox" tradition of leftist texts, it breaks the rhythm of the narrative. Between pros and cons, we follow.
The anti-Soviet NEP, capitalist China and the hallucination of the "left" widow of Eastern Europe
The "friends" who defend and support the NEP (New Political Economy, "new" in the paradigm of Russian Marxism) - the second great Bolshevik betrayal, with Lenin alive and Trotsky and Stalin working side by side - use an argument that sticks in post-Cold War delirium of mystification of historical processes. Between the falsification of the twentieth century and the illusions in the 21st century remains a conclusion. If you don't clean up the NEP and make a pitying criticism, hallucinations like these will "interpret" Gazprom (or Huawei, perhaps Cargill) as a necessary step, suddenly "intermediate" hoping that a capitalist autocratic state "self-dissolve" one day by magic with "dialectical reason" or any other meaningless wordplay.
Stalin, the Nomenklatura and Hobbesianism on the Left
I always ask in politics if the class would hypothetically accept to live in a society of full well being, with all the rights guaranteed, all the same (work, health, housing, culture, leisure, pregnancy, sport, etc.), but with absolute control and curtailment of political rights. That is, one-party dictatorship and party membership as the only way to access key positions in the state apparatus. The four formal elites in the former USSR, political, academic, military, and economic (in the management of state-owned enterprises), had membership of the PCURSS as their entry criterion. In general I do not say that this society existed and the example given is in the Soviet period of the Nomenklatura, specifically in the Kruschev and Brezhnev governments. That is, I reinforce the myth of "authoritarian temptation",
Surprisingly, the overwhelming majority say NO, they would NEVER ACCEPT, for in the absence of political rights they would not be sure of the guarantee or at least of the possibility of fighting for these rights. When I say that this world existed and its golden age lasted for almost forty years, there is much surprise. Poor Hobbes is very misunderstood and would be happy to see the right to full life in material terms applied in the former Soviet Union. But what about political law? Then, when the Nomenklatura elite turned aside (as of 1988) and dilapidated public assets, the state collapsed in less than four years. To paraphrase our greatest poet "And now Joseph, the party is over and your 'history bus' has fallen downhill." Not to look like scorched earth from all experience, though at least it leaves the example that a planned economy,
The structuring characteristics of this "left" form of political thinking
The crimes of Stalinism, their minions and clones around the world (such as Enver Hoxha in Albania, Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania, Kim IlSung in North Korea, are more than acknowledged) the historical and ideological perspective). Unfortunately, it seems that myth overcomes fact and understanding loses to interpretation. Let's look at some fundamental, structural problems.
What phenomena of internal politics lead to personality worship? How do huge political forces necessarily depend on a very small group of "leaders"? Isn't the cult of leadership also a compliment to individualism, the most petty struggles for power?
It's also worth asking. What is the biggest misconception of the left, not the ex-left, but the left left? Sociological determinism (in search of the promised class or fraction of class) or delusion with one's own analyzes leading to some kind of self-proclamation?!
On degeneration and political leadership this is a classic theme and here is just a start of debate. It is recognized that there is political leadership and some easily identifiable attributions such as: charisma, oratory, example, dedication, trajectory, resolving capacity. But when do these characteristics crystallize into a permanent power structure?! Getting worse. That's when it becomes personality cult and there is no turning back!
Worth the debate and even more the concern.

Related Link: https://estrategiaeanaliseblog.com/2019/10/06/coletanea-critica-ao-totalitarismo-stalinista-e-a-tentativa-de-normatizar-o-absurdo-artigo-de-pensamento-libertario/

https://www.anarkismo.net/article/31576
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