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Great post!

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on November 05, 1999 at 15:33:52:

In Reply to: Slight and few. posted by Red Deathy on November 01, 1999 at 14:27:13:

SDF: Thanks for clearing all that up for us, RD. I'm glad you're lurking.

: But mainly Trotskyism is defined by its opposition to Stalinism, more or less the Russian Loyal opposition (hence why the nature of Russia was such a Hot debate for them).

SDF: & the whole debate appears to be who was the real socialist, rather than 1) why has "Marxism" been largely adopted by peasant nations trying to industrialize w/o the help of capitalists, or 2) what happened to revolutionary mobilization.

: If you'd have asked Stalinists they'd have said Trotsky was a petit-bourgoise deviationist opportunist from Marxism; a strict Leninist like the late great historian E.P. Thompson would have said that Trotskyists were Marxists, but that there were theoretical disagreements - Thompson was a noted anti-Stalinist.

SDF: Craig Calhoun really did a job on E. P. Thompson in THE QUESTION OF CLASS STRUGGLE.

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