[Marxism] Stalinism is Fascism
David Picón Álvarez
david at miradoiro.com
Wed May 27 14:41:53 MDT 2009
I regret not having enough time to discuss this topic in greater detail
(I'll be soon sitting exams) but I think this article on Lenin's Tomb is
quite to the point:
Summarizing my position very quickly, I think what's been said about Stalin
is a bit reductionistic. The fSU wasn't Stalin, much as he might have liked
it to be, and therefore even during Stalinism the fSU was substantially
distinguishable from fascism.
Ideologically, I would argue the primary point is the class composition and
thrust of both movements: whereas fascism is essentially a petty bourgeois
movement (which we see in the way fascist regimes exhalt the values of
respectability or individual genius) and is reactionary in nature (even in
its Italian incarnation, which while aesthetically joined to futurism, had a
lot more to do with a certain nostalgia for ancient institutions, and a
certain purportedly existing ancient type of liberty), Stalinism bases
itself on the working class and does not attempt to withdraw to some
idealized past but to create a certain form of future.
I disagree on many of the points which have been raised comparing Stalinism
to fascism as well (such as the idea of Stalin as promoting class
collaboration) however I lack the time to go into detail.
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