[CrashList] Re: Reforms and falling short
johnwood at umich.edu
Wed Sep 6 14:55:55 MDT 2000
Yeah, fine. . But Lenin was interested in dealing with the question: How do we
get therer from here?
And put another way, as far as Trotsky's case goes, "Everybody talkin' 'bout
Heaven ain't going there."
Macdonald Stainsby wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "TAHIR WOOD" <twood at uwc.ac.za>
> > The best solution is the one that can base itself most
> > firmly on this principle and on this principle only: Each
> > according to his or her work.
> > When we have developed a better type of human being we can
> > take it further from there.
> > Tahir
> While I'm not a Trotskyist by any means, I provide this and a link for
> further speculation:
> Trotsky, "The Revolution Betrayed":
> The first section, entitled "Social Structure", concludes with these words:
> "In the Soviet Union, the principle of socialism is realized: From each
> according to his abilities to each according to his work." This inwardly
> contradictory, not to say nonsensical, formula has entered, believe it or
> not, from speeches and journalistic articles into the carefully deliberated
> text of the fundamental state law. It bears witness not only to a complete
> lowering of theoretical level in the lawgivers, but also to the lie with
> which, as a mirror of the ruling stratum, the new constitution is imbued. It
> is not difficult to guess the origin of the new "principle." To characterize
> the Communist society, Marx employed the famous formula: "From each
> according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." The two parts
> of this formula are inseparable. "From each according to his abilities," in
> the Communist, not the capitalist, sense, means: Work has now ceased to be
> an obligation, and has become an individual need; society has no further use
> for any compulsion. Only sick and abnormal persons will refuse to work.
> Working "according to their ability" -- that is, in accord with their
> physical and psychic powers, without any violence to themselves -- the
> members of the commune will, thanks to a high technique, sufficiently fill
> up the stores of society so that society can generously endow each and all
> "according to their needs," without humiliating control. This two-sided but
> indivisible formula of communism thus assumes abundance, equality, an
> all-sided development of personality, and a high cultural discipline.
> [full portion of the article available at:]
> Macdonald Stainsby.
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