Back on the topic - IBT article from 2002 looking at the effects of the 1st decade of capitalist restoration http://www.bolshevik.org/1917/no24/USSR_Article.html
Socialism cannot exist without bureaucracy, because it is impossible to make all decision by direct voting. It means that Trotsky was lying that his version of socialism will manage to avoid bureaucracy. Stalin's solution was regular purges in order to prevent gaining of excessive power by bureaucracy.
Even Trotsky acknowledged that purges against state bureaucracy had big support
It was no Stalinist bureaucracy in Moscow in 1991. It was socialist bureaucracy, which gained huge power after death of Stalin.The monstrous purges in the USSR are most convincing testimony of the fact that Soviet society organically tends toward ejection of the bureaucracy.
And in 1991 those bureaucrats decided to change ownership in order have full unleashed control under resources of Soviet Union.
Soviet people were poor before collapse of Soviet Union, everybody had money, which was impossible to spend while bureaucracy had control over distribution and had access to real wealth.
Everybody was dreaming to get a job of shop assistant, because only job in retail could guarantee some access to wealth.
There needed to be a revolution in the Soviet Union for sure but one that put working people in power through a functioning workers' council system not the disaster of a capitalist counter-revolution.
Not that I expect you to accept either of these points because, as I've discovered on another discussion thread, you are apparently completely blind to concrete social reality.
It was attempts to establish working councils, it was meetings, but state bureaucracy quickly gained control through populism and false promises
Most of ruling elite managed to keep their positions, but they don't have to hide their wealth anymore
Rise of Stalinism was a response to that. Famous letter of Nina Andreeva to Gorbachev was a turning point. This why people in Russia are so admiring Stalin, because they know that Trotskysm is the most reliable way to give bureaucrats all power
It makes me really sick when somebody mentioning late USSR as Stalinist country. When I was 18(young and radical ), I been refused communist party membership on grounds that I don't see Stalin as the biggest evil in Soviet history ( to be honest i quite happy now that I never was a member of KPSS)
Stalins purges always was a major threat to bureaucracy and late USSR was a perfect example of Trotskysm implemented in real life.
Perestroika ? Trotsky would have opposed any break up and privatisation of national resources.
A lot of what a bureaucracy is about is "gate-keeping" access to publicly controlled goods and services, when they are in short supply.
The solution to it has to be economic as well as social.
Gorbachev with his idea democracy and open society was nearly Trotskyist
While Chernenko somewhere between
Gorbachev failed because he underestimated power of bureaucracy and he didn't realized that populism can destroy whole idea of democracy
Just switched over to TG4, there seems to be a programme on about Russia since the fall. Russian people in Ireland talking about whats happened over there.
Relief is underway, or is it?End of USSR brought poverty, unemployment and misery for most Russians.
FT reports today that Russia is to start $10bln fund to draw foreign capital... with the help of the good people at Goldman Sachs.
"Setting up a $10 billion fund to co-invest with international private equity firms"... If you find such a proposal in your inbox, you'd immediately think of Nigerian origins.
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
A time between ashes and roses is coming
When everything shall be extinguished
When everything shall begin