THE ROAD TO A UNITED SOVIETS OF AMERICA
Part II of III
By Terry Hayfield
March 17, 2003
For answers to questions of this dynamic one must seek answers from those individual(s) that would be privy to the precise information (an expert eyewitness). If someone were to pose this same question to Leon Trotsky, the military leader of the November 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, he would respond (from The Revolution Betrayed, 1937),
"If you remember that the task of socialism is to create a classless society based upon solidarity and the harmonious satisfaction of all needs, there is yet, in the fundamental sense, a hint of Socialism in the Soviet Union."
But, most Conservative and Liberal Americans would all quickly agree with Leon, "sure there isn't any Socialism in Soviet Russia, it was ruled by Communism." This is an incorrect observation for two reasons. (1) Communism is the economic and evolutionary step after Socialism and (2) Communism has never existed. Once again an expert opinion is necessary. We need a precise and clear definition of Communism. This comes from the "Glossary" of Marx For Beginner's, 1976, Rius,
"Communism/The doctrine of Marx and Engels founded on the materialist conception of history. Communism is the stage following after socialism and when social classes cease to exist. Communism does not yet exist in any country."
Again, American Conservatives and Liberals will instantly reply in unison "If the way of life in the Soviet Union was not Communism, I'd like to know what it was." Oddly enough, the expert opinion chosen to answer this challenge comes from Noam Chomsky's essay Ruling the World on page 140 of Understanding Power, 2002,
"The Soviet Union was basically a Capitalist Country."
Americans must face the reality, despite popular myth, that Communism has never existed. So if Communism has never existed then that means much of 20th Century American history must be re-written. This re-write, in order to be accurate, would require the inclusion of the concept of Permanent Revolution.
In order to visualize the Permanent Revolution precisely an expert opinion is again necessary. From Trotsky's 1968 edition of The Revolution Betrayed, 1931, "introduction" by Peter Camejeo, we can read a great description of the Permanent Revolution,
"According to Marx, fundamental changes in the mode of production have resulted in the evolution of society in general, and class societies in particular. Slavery was succeeded by feudalism; Western European feudalism gave birth to Capitalism. Capitalism, he predicted, would in turn give rise to socialism, which would proceed to create a classless society.
(Now pay very close attention)
"Marx's prevision of a socialist society, presupposed the development of the highly industrialized and mechanized production fostered by capitalism"
"Capitalism won power in Western Europe through a series of revolutionary onslaughts against feudalism" Please keep in mind, in 1914, feudalism still officially existed in Europe. Feudalism would not come to a complete end until 1918 (the aristocracies were defeated by Capitalism's Permanent Revolution). So, if all this is true, then "What was the Cold War of Capitalism versus Communism all about?"
The answer to the above plea comes from Antony C. Sutton, former teaching fellow at the Hoover Institute of War and Revolution (Stanford University). On pages 11, 16-17 of his Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, 1981, one can feast their eyes on,
"We find there was a link between some New York international bankers and many revolutionaries, including Bolsheviks"
"It may be observed that both the extreme right and the extreme left of the conventional political spectrum are absolutely collectivist"
"Consequently, one barrier to mature understanding of recent history is the notion that all capitalists are bitter unswerving enemies of all Marxists and socialists. This erroneous idea originated with Karl Marx and was undoubtedly useful to his purposes. In fact, there has been a continuing, albeit concealed, alliance between international political capitalists and international revolutionary socialists-to their mutual benefit. This alliance has gone unobserved largely because historians-with few notable exceptions-have an unconscious Marxian bias"
"The open-minded reader should bear two clues in mind: monopoly capitalists are the bitter enemies of laissez-faire entrepreneurs; and, given the weaknesses of socialist central planning, the totalitarian socialist state is a perfect captive market for monopoly capitalists"
"Historical reporting, with rare exceptions, has been forced into a dichotomy of Capitalists versus the socialists."
Just a quick recap: It has been demonstrated (1) Communism has never existed and (2) there never was a Capitalist vs. Socialist war. It has also been established Capitalism is the driving force of the Permanent Revolution and Capitalism, Socialism and Communism are parts of the same process.
What hasn't been discussed is the existence of an American/British Capitalism that has become "our way of life" and just exactly what is it? This topic will be introduced in Part 3 of this series.
© 2003 - Terry Hayfield - All Rights Reserved
Terry attended Bowling Green State University, 1966-71. Major, Economic geography and English Education. Served in Viet Nam as Medical Records Clerk (71G20). Elected to vice-president (1978-1981) of Local #1907 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, representing hourly workers for RCA Semi-conductors, Findlay, Ohio. In 1983 started extensive data exchange with Congressman Larwence McDonald (D) of Georgia and then chairman of the John Birch Society. Congressman McDonald was planning on seeking the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination. We were in the middle of negotiating my becoming his campaign manager when he boarded the fatal Korean Air 007. E-Mail: [email protected]