Re: [OPE-L] Charles Bettelheim

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sat Jul 22 2006 - 11:15:50 EDT

> There has been a debilitating presumption in the history of
> Marxism, against specifying "what socialism should look like".
<snip, JL>
> In the end, however, I don't think Bettelheim managed to resolve
> the issues he raised (how many of us do?).  In a much more
> sophisticated form than many others, he tended to fall back on
> the notion of a betrayal by Stalin and co., and more
> particularly on the (bankrupt, IMO) notion of the USSR as "state
> capitalist".
> The latter notion attempts to ascribe the undesirable features
> of the Soviet economy and society to "capitalism", thereby -- in
> some notional sense -- preserving the virginal purity of the
> conception of socialism, unsullied by any connection with
> reality.

Hi Allin and Howard:

Did CB ever develop a systematic critique of the Maoist experience
in the PRC?

In solidarity, Jerry

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