Response to: The Problem with Stalin and Stalinism

An article by Garry Maclachlan, “The Problem with Stalin and Stalinism“ appeared on the Solidarity Website 27 Feb 19. Some discussion ensued on Facebook, but I thought it would be best to write a response here. Why should anyone be concerned now, about a Soviet politician who died almost seventy years ago? What makes it worth discussing him in a small Scottish socialist party? Socialist parties exist to propagate the ideas of socialism and to attempt to win political power. The basis of their appeal has to be the political and economic programme that they advance in the here and […]

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The Problem with Stalin and Stalinism.

I felt an urge to write this short article because I see good intentioned socialists on social media sharing posters with quotes from the late leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Djugashvili – Joseph Stalin. But do they truly know what Stalin and Stalinism represents? The Russian Revolution had crumbled due to a massive decline in the working classes through famine and war after Stalin rose to power and workers were exploited, workplaces controlled by managers and military officials and a new Ruling Class of beaurocrats had emerged under Stalin’s regime. Workers would lose their jobs if they missed a […]

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The Gulag

by the Russian writer Israel Shamir.   “I was given a full access to all archives, I learned everything there is about Stalin’s victims, and I prepared a complete report. However, I decided to save it for some future time. If I were to publish it, [I’d probably lose my job, there will be no more grants], my friends would drop me like a hot potato, I’d remain alone, and nobody will believe me anyway”. This frank admission had been made in 2012 by the high authority on Communist era repressions, the founder and the chairman of the Memorial, a Russian […]

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Who Are the Bourgeoisie and Who Are the Proletariat?

Who Are the ‘Bourgeoisie’ and Who Are the ‘Proletariat’? The struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletarian is the core component of socialism. Marx reasoned that human development is based on class struggle, that an oppressed group could only take so much before they’d inevitably rise and crush their oppressor, only to continue the cycle anew. Marx essentially believed that for humanity to progress, they’d ultimately need to abandon the notion of class and that the rising of the proletariat should be the end of this constant class struggle. But who exactly were the Bourgeoisie? Well, the term is a […]

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