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Forum: Theory 9th December 2011, 03:22
Replies: 28
Views: 1,530
Posted By Jose Gracchus
The state cannot simply 'compel' appropriate...

The state cannot simply 'compel' appropriate changes in the social sphere by decree. Base precedes superstructure.
Forum: Learning 9th December 2011, 01:18
Replies: 60
Views: 2,706
Posted By Jose Gracchus
I think the extent to which the revolution tilts...

I think the extent to which the revolution tilts on the issue of (x) thermonuclear weapons, (y) troop readiness, (z) enemy unit placement, is the extent to which the revolution has probably stalled...
Forum: Theory 9th December 2011, 01:09
Replies: 28
Views: 1,530
Posted By Jose Gracchus
I do think the political transition period will...

I do think the political transition period will be different from most existing conceptions, so much of the speculation will probably be moot. For instance, I think a successful revolution in...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 23:23
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Also: in a Comparative Politics class you're...

Also: in a Comparative Politics class you're getting assigned an essay exam question on whether you would prefer to live under "Russian" and "Chinese" "Communism"?

They are not just screwing you...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 21:11
Replies: 32
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Have you attempted to deal at all with historical...

Have you attempted to deal at all with historical questions surrounding cooperatives? What of the exploitative nature of Yugoslav cooperatives, or the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation?
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 21:09
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Your professor is an idiot. There's no meaningful...

Your professor is an idiot. There's no meaningful way to generalize in his sense across the entirety of the 1917-1991 period in the RSFSR & allies/USSR on one hand, and the PRC from 1949 til today on...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 21:06
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Good thing economies and the reproduction of...

Good thing economies and the reproduction of social life consists only of procurement of consumer goods in advanced economies with sophisticated real-time information technology which tracks all...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 21:03
Replies: 16
Views: 490
Posted By Jose Gracchus
If its due to "culture", than the "cause" is...

If its due to "culture", than the "cause" is omnipresent and thus cannot be used as evidence for any sort of change. Why does Chilean crime not stay the same over the 20th c.? There's been no mass...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 19:02
Replies: 23
Views: 1,236
Posted By Jose Gracchus
I think he's absolutely wrong here. I think he's...

I think he's absolutely wrong here. I think he's a privileged intellectual (it happens though, I'm not up in arms about this part of it like some) who does not have the connections or spirit of...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 18:54
Replies: 37
Views: 1,665
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Too bad it was actually Uncle Joe who abolished...

Too bad it was actually Uncle Joe who abolished the constitutional structures and institutions (though to be fair, the Bolsheviks had long evacuated them of proletarian content) of workers' rule,...
Forum: Politics 8th December 2011, 18:49
Replies: 41
Views: 2,144
Posted By Jose Gracchus
What does this have to do with the fact that we...

What does this have to do with the fact that we will have to tally-up how many (willing) man-hours at whatever mixes of skill and other factors, together with the natural resources available, can be...
Forum: Politics 8th December 2011, 05:18
Replies: 41
Views: 2,144
Posted By Jose Gracchus
I don't see what is so absurd about what this guy...

I don't see what is so absurd about what this guy is saying. No matter the mechanism, social content, coordination, etc. of reproductive life (i.e., Marxian classless, stateless, value-less communism...
Forum: Politics 6th December 2011, 16:01
Replies: 54
Views: 2,227
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Lol. "These sectarians do not understand spoilt...

Lol. "These sectarians do not understand spoilt ballots"? It is you who is the sectarian here, who is throwing up this shibboleth that separates the existing left, and the real working-class, from...
Forum: Learning 5th December 2011, 23:40
Replies: 51
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jose Gracchus
I guess I don't choose to use this community to...

I guess I don't choose to use this community to debate things we all agree upon, more or less. I think we should emphatically take this tack with any attempts at red-baiting and Cold War propaganda...
Forum: Learning 5th December 2011, 23:09
Replies: 51
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Uh, the USSR's development did not require...

Uh, the USSR's development did not require conquest and impoverishment of lands within their own nation? Central Asia was more or less obliged to follow the urban regime in European Russia by...
Forum: Learning 5th December 2011, 20:24
Replies: 51
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Contradiction in terms. "Countries" are not...

Contradiction in terms. "Countries" are not "socialist". Modern countries, as such, as actually a creation and prerequisite of capitalism.
Forum: Learning 5th December 2011, 19:01
Replies: 51
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Income measures are misleading. Firstly, there...

Income measures are misleading. Firstly, there most definitely was economic incentives, inegalitarian wage distributions, and the like, even if it was much better than the West. Secondly, in the USSR...
Forum: Learning 4th December 2011, 17:50
Replies: 51
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jose Gracchus
God, this knee-jerk Brezhnevite apologia is...

God, this knee-jerk Brezhnevite apologia is idiotic. The economies of these states were failing and "hold on to 'ur butts" and full-steam ahead was not an option. Yes, in many cases the Soviet sphere...
Forum: History 4th December 2011, 17:22
Replies: 286
Views: 12,261
Posted By Jose Gracchus
The Bolsheviks struck first; the Kronstadters did...

The Bolsheviks struck first; the Kronstadters did not suicidally engage them from the outset. Rather when their soviet refused to come to heel and persisted in attempting to contact and organize with...
Forum: Learning 4th December 2011, 08:02
Replies: 51
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Because the Stalinist economy is a failed...

Because the Stalinist economy is a failed development model, and because nearly all Stalinisms formed in states that had been very impoverished, undeveloped, and unfavorably integrated into the world...
Forum: Learning 4th December 2011, 06:04
Replies: 20
Views: 1,237
Posted By Jose Gracchus
His point is that the Soviet "planning" was...

His point is that the Soviet "planning" was "really no more than bargaining process at best, and a police process at worst."

Believe it or not, but not everyone needs to be a corporate accountant...
Forum: History 4th December 2011, 02:33
Replies: 286
Views: 12,261
Posted By Jose Gracchus
The idea you can characterize the violent...

The idea you can characterize the violent military suppression of the free Kronstadt soviet (and its concomitant suppression of the workers' strike movements in Petrograd and Moscow, the non-CP...
Forum: Learning 4th December 2011, 01:42
Replies: 46
Views: 3,455
Posted By Jose Gracchus
How come neither Stalin nor Mao thought that...

How come neither Stalin nor Mao thought that socialism was equivalent to the DOTP? As noted before, no one disputes the DOTP in Oct 1917, but 'socialism', is said to be constructed in the 1930s. But...
Forum: History 2nd December 2011, 23:34
Replies: 286
Views: 12,261
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Personally signing the death warrants of...

Personally signing the death warrants of thousands of people? Will that do it?
Forum: Learning 2nd December 2011, 16:01
Replies: 46
Views: 3,455
Posted By Jose Gracchus
Who cares? No power or political current in...

Who cares? No power or political current in history, practically speaking, identified "socialism" with the "dictatorship of the proletariat", to say nothing of the fact, as shown earlier, that even...
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