- Capitalism and Alternatives -

One more time for the hearing impared (better)

Posted by: Stoller on November 30, 1999 at 10:30:13:

In Reply to: erratum posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on November 29, 1999 at 12:21:13:

: Can everyone be a brain surgeon?

It's MISLEADING to infer that I'm advocating that EVERYBODY in the socialist future should be a brain surgeon.

Let's take this WHOLE ISSUE from the top...

Marx and Engels:

Division of labor only becomes truly such from the moment when a division of of material and mental labor appears.(1)


[I]t is necessary to abolish all private ownership of the means of production, it is necessary to abolish the distinction between town and country, as well as the distinction between manual workers and brain workers.(2)

Bukharin and Preobrazhensky:

The most brilliant man of science must also be skilled in manual labor...The unification of education in the unified labor school is by no means intended to exclude specialist training. Our aim is merely to defer specialist training till the last stage is reached...He must perform his quota of labor, must play his due part in producing goods for the human community. He can receive specialist instruction only in so far as he has first fulfilled his fundamental duty towards society.(3)

With one IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: That 'there should be a continuous rotation' in the administration of the state:

[E]very comrade must, after a definite time, change over from one [administrative]occupation to another, so that by degrees he shall become experienced in all the important branches of adminstrative work.(4)

Let's review:

1. Physical labor is required of ALL citizens.

2. Specialist training (in ONE field) will be available to ALL citizens.

3. In ADDITION to the two catagories above, ALL citizens shall be expected to administrate their state.

I'm only advocating what Stalin PREVENTED.

: I still don't think it's worth throwing a temper tantrum against NJ. Temper tantrums do not a revolution make.

Very droll.


1. Marx and Engels,The German Ideology, International 1939, p. 20.

2. Lenin, 'A Great Beginning,' Selected Works volume three, International 1975, p. 172.

3. Bukharin and Preobrazhensky, A B C of Communism [Party Program, 1919], University of Michigan Press, 1967, pp. 237-8.

4. Ibid., p. 190.

Follow Ups:


The Debating Room Post a Followup