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Good luck and don't get burned though

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on June 17, 1999 at 13:42:19:

In Reply to: I'm looking for facts... posted by Fence Percher on June 16, 1999 at 15:08:22:

: Can anyone post me some links that contain good, indepth and informative information about communist goverment organization

SDF: Since Marx was anticipating the abolition of the state with the triumph of communism, the idea that you could get "unbiased" information about "communist government organization" is itself biased against Marx's vision of communism. This could be a problem, because what you will eventually get is the government organization of a bunch of regimes dubiously calling themselves "communist". As you can see, therefore, the whole venture is shot through with biases, because the history of "communism" is largely the history of the shortcomings of an idealism attempted on the behalf of countries trying to industrialize without undergoing capitalist domination. This was a historical development Marx did not foresee.

: , hierarchy,

SDF: Now, as the history books will doubtless show, the Soviet Union was ruled by a group called the "apparatchiki," with the head apparatchik being the chair of the Communist Party. The idea, deeply rooted in Marxist doctrine, that communism would transition humankind from the domination of people to the administration of things, died with the domination of the apparatchiki. The idea that we would have a world where wealth and power would come from people as they were capable of contributing, and go to people according to their needs, thus never came to fruition.

: and basically how it works

SDF: As you can see, the matter of what is the "it" that is working is itself a matter of dispute.

: , and of course, unbiased?

SDF: I think I've covered this one.

: Thanks,
: the undecided

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