[lbo-talk] Gorbachev: I Should Have Left the Communist Party Earlier

Bhaskar Sunkara bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 07:37:00 PDT 2011

What about Solidarnosc in Poland and other dissent in the Eastern Bloc? Doesn't that count as a threat from below? (... or to a lesser extent the rebellion of Western European CPs)

On Aug 18, 2011, at 10:12 AM, SA wrote:
> > This idea that they had no choice - it's wrong. You talk as if
> dictatorships faced with stagnant economies automatically feel compelled to
> undertake more and more radical reform until they either collapse or the
> problem is solved. But they don't. They usually try to stand pat, change as
> little as possible, and clamp down on any dissent. Of course, that strategy
> itself can eventually prove self-defeating *if* the underlying problems are
> sufficiently grave and worsening at a sufficiently rapid pace. But the fact
> is that the USSR was, in the scheme of things, not in very serious trouble.
> There were certainly no seriously threats from below.

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