RE: [OPE] Britain--parasitic and decaying capitalism: A comment

From: Paul Cockshott <>
Date: Wed Dec 30 2009 - 13:08:58 EST

The problem is that from 1920 onwards the communists based their strategy on anticipation of a new world war which would lead to revolutions.
This was a reasonable guess at the time and turned out in 1936 to be right.
But if you read Stalin in 1952 he was still set in the same old groove, expecting another war between Germany, France and the USA which would lead to another round of revolutions. This was wild of the mark.
The question we have to ask is whether there is likely to be another world war based on the old model of empires dividing the world as the Kaiser and Hitler tried to do?
It is possible that China will play this role, but I remain to be convinced
From: [] On Behalf Of D. Gmen []
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: [OPE] Britain--parasitic and decaying capitalism: A comment

Paul C:

but I dispute that

the use of Lenins analalysis of the Great War is much help to us today.


Lenin's theory of imperialism is about its nature, and not just about its certain form or stage.

Surely, no one with some sort of reliable sense would deny that we have to analyse the contemporary situation. To say this is childsch. It goes without saying.

The point is this: what principle do we need to lie down: contradiction (competition) or unity and harmony. The former serves the basis for Marx's analysis of

capitalism and Lenin's analysis of imperialism, the latter serves the basis of Kautsky's hypothesis of ultraimperialism that have not been formulated yet.

And It will not be as it is a myth.


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