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  •  Perhaps the historical failure (2+ / 0-)
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    of Marxism (in the sense of its Soviet state socialist embodiment) could itself be considered an antithesis leading to a higher, more refined synthesis. Perhaps it is just beginning to emerge, so we cannot yet discern its essential features.

    Those Soviet professors of Marxism-Leninism I knew back in the 1970s were wrong to think the dialectic "stopped" with and culminated in Soviet State socialism. But Fukuyama et al were also wrong to think the dialectic stopped with post-industrial globalizing capitalism.

    •  I don't understand how they could have thought (0+ / 0-)

      that. Lenin described the economic system of the Soviet Union as "state capitalism". It was explicitly supposed to be a transitory stage. Why would they think that the Soviet model represented the end of history, when Lenin didn't?

      To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

      by sneakers563 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:52:40 AM PDT

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      •  Lenin viewed NEP, (0+ / 0-)

        the successor to failed War Communism, as the return to a gradualist state capitalist development strategy. But Stalin, in abandoning NEP in 1929 for a centralized planned command economy, considered himself to have transcended state socialism and achieved Socialism. Under the Stalinist definition of Socialism there was no longer any possibility of further dialectical movement through class conflict because class conflict was now over in the USSR: "There are but two friendly classes--workers and collectivized peasants-- and one stratum--the technical intelligentisa serving them."  

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