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Line of March, from Maoism to Sovietism

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Jan 2008, 19:10
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Post 31 Jul 2018, 00:43
Some interesting new updates at MIA

Line of March's analysis of Gorby

https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/n ... conomy.htm

I find L o M to be an interesting organization. They came out of the Maoist New Communist Movement. They were associated with the Guardian newspaper and its famous editor Irwin Silber who wrote books on folk music. But they became defined by their anti-imperialism, and grew to support the USSR as the main bulwark of anti-imperalist forces around the world.

They had an interesting relationship with the CPUSA trying to outflank them to the Left, but when Perestroika happened, they embraced it enthusiastically, while Gus Hall was lukewarm.

I enjoyed Max Elbaum's book "Revolution in the Air" about the NCM, and its largely written from the perspective of an ex-LMer.

https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/n ... ex.htm#lom

Irwin later wrote a book on "what went wrong" with socialism, that basically repudiated Leninism and the planned economy, well you can see strong moves towards it in the late LoM articles, when they were still a functional organization.

I feel some ideological affinities with them, in that the Marxism I was initially drawn to most was a type of anti-revisionist Maoism, but I also grew to appreciate Brezhnevism and the role it played in balancing US imperialism. And most of my studies in orthodox M-L came from Soviet textbooks of Progress publishers and Leninist.biz. Heck the Chinese themselves can be said to have gone on a line of march. As I have a collection of Jiang Zemin's speeches on the 3 Represents, where he mourns the collapse of the USSR as a great defeat for socialism. Ironic since the PRC had spent the 1960s and 1970s calling the USSR the HQ of social imperialism. Deng had the weird line in the 80s of calling them both socialist and social imperialist. He recognized them as socialist and repudiated Mao's "capitalist restoration" thesis internally. But still condemned Khrushchev and their "big power chauvinism". He was still proud of the role he played in representing the anti-revisionist line to Khrushchev in the 60s, although he now reduced it purely to foreign policy.

Anyway I think its a notable tendency from the period, that might appeal to the eclectic mix we have on S-E sympathetic to both Maoism anti-revisionism, as well as the USSR.
Kamran Heiss
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