Herb has suggested that I post this to the list, so I am happy to do so.

btw, we had some discussions earlier about the origins of Stalinism, and I
think Phil posted some material on that subject. I have been reading Victor
Serge's excellent Memoirs of a Revolutionary. Serge, as many here will know
or should know, stayed loyal to the Bolshevik revolution as long as he could
given his disapproval of its brutal methods and suppression of freedom of
expression. This book makes crystal clear that the origins of
Stalinism--characterized by jailing, exiling or executing anyone who dared
question the party line--can be traced directly to Lenin, Trotsky, and their
comrades, as this was their favored tactic as well. It was so easy to brand
anyone who disagreed about anything a "counter-revolutionary," and Lenin and
Trotsky did not hesitate to do so.

This may have relevance for those who defend Chavez, the Castro brothers,
etc. If the Chavez regime is not as repressive as that of Cuba, it may
simply be that it doesn't have sufficient power--yet.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: herb fox <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 4:57 AM
Subject: Balanced view
To: Michael Balter <[log in to unmask]>

 Greetings Michael:
    Take a look at
Since you frequently call for a balanced view, why don't you post this
on the SftP list?  It calls Hugo a "megalomaniac" and shows that his
avowed enemies also obtain political power through these very
interesting councils.

Michael Balter
Contributing Correspondent, Science
Adjunct Professor of Journalism,
New York University

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have no food, they call me a Communist." -- Hélder Pessoa Câmara