“Today, a vague mood of “anti-imperialism” is back, led by Venezuela’s Chavez and his Latin American allies (Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia), more or less (with the exception of Stalinist Cuba) classical bourgeois-nationalist regimes. But Chavez in turn is allied, at least verbally and often practically, with the Iran of the ayatollahs, and Hezbollah, and Hamas, as well as newly-emergent China, which no one any longer dares call “socialist”. The British SWP allies with Islamic fundamentalists in local elections in the UK, and participates in mass demonstations (during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, summer 2007) chanting “We are all Hezbollah”. Somehow Hezbollah, whose statutes affirm the truth of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is now part of the “left”; when will it be “We are all Taliban”? Why not, indeed?”
I’m for common ownership of the collective product of labour; the abolition of the wage system and production for use and need,what Marx had called in CAPITAL the “union of free individuals”, not State controlled commodity production for sale to producers in bondage to an employing class. Leninists are always on about their ‘socialist State’.Marx never wrote about establishing a ‘socialist State’ because for Marx the State was synonymous with the dictatorship of one class over others.
We are not fans of Bookchin but this interview regarding the Situationist International seems pretty spot on. We’ve met with folks who knew the SI and were in “1968” and this conforms to their analysis too.
The main argument for Stalinism is usually that it is succesful. The argument says Stalinism/Maoism/Hoxha, etc accomplished things where Marxism and Anarchism did not.
Here’s proof of the weakness of the argument and proof of the ultimate FAIL inherent in Stalinism.
Chumbawamba’s “That’s How Grateful We Are” from Slap! (1990), a song about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, about tearing down a statue of Stalin.
No Gods And Precious Few Heroes
“The pride and the glory’s just another bloody lie/They use to keep us all in line/‘Cause there’s no gods and there’s precious few heroes/But there’s plenty on the dole in the land o’ the leal/And it’s time now to sweep the future clear/Of the lies of a past that we know was never real”
Culturcide was a Houston-based experimental punk band, active from 1980 to 1990 and from 1993 to the present day. They were notorious for their 1986 album Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Revolutionary America, which earned the band a cult following, but also several legal threats.
we think that the class war needs to be fought, and this article brings good discussion to those struggles in the usa. but the class war for better living conditions for working folks can only be a defensive battle. what we are building is a strategy for the new world.
this is a very good explanation of marxian understanding of the causes of economic crisis of capitalism. from our comrades at the socialist party of great britain.
more of hardy’s works are available at: marxists.org/archive/hardcastle/index.htm