Of Russian Socialism

“Karl Marx thought that Russia might be able to achieve a form of socialism based on the peasant commune rather than on a history of industrial capitalism; but he did not imagine that this could be accomplished without the help of capitalist resources from elsewhere.  A particular nation does not need to have passed through capitalism, but capitalism must exist somewhere or other if it is to go socialist.”

-- Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011


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  1. rallen2

    It must be pointed out that although capitalism must exist somewhere or other if a non-capitalist nation is to go socialist, it is also necessary that the capitalist nation(s) must assist any feudal (pre-capitalist) society trying to go socialist, rather than obstruct or attack that nation.

    February 19, 2017