[OPE-L:2773] Re: origins of state capitalist theories

Paul Cockshott (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 06:05:41 -0700 (PDT)

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>Some members of this faction developed a
>"bureaucratic collectivist" analysis of the Soviet Union (Shachtman,
>Burnham)-- a theory originally proposed by the Italian Bruno Rizzi -- and
>others embraced the notion of "state capitalism" (which had already been
>advanced by Amadeo Bordiga and the Spanish Trotskyist Grandizo Munis,
>among others).

Paul C:
Are you sure that Bordiga had published anything on state capitalism
prior to the late 40s. He was in prison from the late 20s until, I think,
the start of the 40s, and in Mussolini's Italy would have had little opportunity
to start publishing again until after the war. His most important
works to analyse the USSR: 'Dialogue with Stalin', 'Dialogue with the dead',
'Economic and Social Structure of Russia today', all appeared in the 50s.

I was under the impression that one of the more significant Marxists to
put forward a theory of state capitalism early on was Kautsky.
Paul Cockshott