posted on Aug, 20 2010 @ 09:57 AM
reply to post by Mahasamadhi
Mahasamadhi - your question ties in with my recent studying of the history of socialism and I suggest that you read
The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party
good overview. It's available in HTML or PDF download. You don't have to agree with the party itself or even the document but I think it's a good
place to start from.
I'm currently reading Trotsky's Results and Prospects (1906)
which backs up
the previous document and shows how the problems we face today are the same as those a century and more ago. Only the names and the quality of
weapons have changed.
To my understanding, Socialism and Capitalism are like matter/anti-matter - they cannot coexist, at least not for long, as was proven by the USSR's
demise. Trotsky and others maintained that the success of Socialism was dependent on permanent revolution, the complete overthrow of capitalism
world-wide (or at least in Europe for starters.)
Already revolutionary movements were taking shape in major industrial nations around the world including the USA and Germany and the ruling class of
these nations were well aware of the success of the Russian revolution. Socialism was a direct threat to their power and wealth and had to be stopped
or at least defused before the workers parties reached sufficient strength.
As it turned out, Stalin came to the rescue of the Capitalists. After taking control of the USSR, he instigated his policy of Socialism in One
Country turning the Soviet Union into a nation controlled by an elite bureaucracy instead of the proletariat. As a worldwide socialist revolution
would threaten his regime, he actively undermined the socialist movements of Germany and many other nations killing off what was probably the biggest
chance replacing capitalism with a system where the resource of the world would be used to the betterment of everyone, not just those with the
If you do read the sources, please let me know your thoughts on them.