STALIN SHELVES REVOLUTION

Corey, Lewis

Stalin Shelves Revolution By Lewis Corey SOVIET COMMUNIST policy today ignores or plays down a direct appeal to workers and peasants to revolt. "The policy of revolution by means of Soviets,...

...Through undercover agents, corruption and force they undermined other parties, especially the Socialist parties,, or formed fake parties to give their "coalitions" a democratic appearance...
...The identification of the Soviet Union with world Communism goes back to Lenin, who was convinced in 1917-19 that a 'Communist government could not hold power u (,.¦ s . rcvoli.ttiorv) in otht . t rally develop.-ii .-..ii...:,Ger-nany no...
...Finally the Communists destroyed the coalition governments to set up naked dictatorships...
...Today, the cadres of a German "red army" are being organized and armament factories are kept going by Soviet Russia in the German areas it occupies and "iron curtains" from the world...
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...The gravest crime of the world's Communists, their apologists and dupes u their belief that any particular policy* of jftussia is the only policy it can pursue...
...The same general forces have been working in Russia with this difference: the Soviet Napoleonic phase, instead of coming as a reaction against the Jacobin dictatorship, developed within the Communist Party under Stalin...
...Communists kept up a systematic terror against the opposition, including independent Socialists and trade unionists They used the police to frame up then opponents, to browbeat them and imprison them...
...This will compel a Soviet retreat into Russia...
...Lenin was wrong: the Soviet Government held on without a European revolution...
...The Red Army forced the formation of "coalition" governments with Communists in control of key ministries which gave them control of the police, the army and propaganda media...
...r --Lewis Corey, professor of economics at Anlioch College, Is not naw lo the readers of The New Leader...
...The policy of revolution by means of Soviets, for twenty years a fixed Communist dogma, was discarded around 1936 foi "popular fronts" and the tactic of infiltration into governments instead of their direct, forcible capture...
...His series of three articles entitled, "What Is Hsnry Wallace?," appeared on these pages during October...
...He is the author of mtany books, the most recent, being "Liberal Democracy and Socialism...
...There is no other way to peace . * * ALL REVOLUTIONS develop an expansionist phase, partly defensive and partly aggressive...
...Hence a peaceful Communist conquest of power is impossible...
...Communists in Western Europe are a small minority of less than 10 percent, while Socialists have learned from bitter experience that coalitions with the Communists are booby-traps and now uncompromisingly reject them...
...FROM THE BEGINNING Russian Communism declared war upon the non-Communist world...
...Instead, Communist dictatorships were set up by the Red Army working with local Communists and with Fascists, reactionaries and gangster-adventurers willing to accept Soviet orders...
...Stalin has followed Lenin's policy with one change: the earlier revolutionary internationalism has degenerated into Russian nationalism, which uses "Communism" to justify continuation of Tsarist expansionism...
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...But note that Stalin exterminated the "old Bolsheviks" as Napoleon exterminated the Jacobins...
...It will end the more quickly the more resistance it meets...
...It cannot overran Europe by peaceful means...
...More, it will by necessity compel adoption of an alternative policy of expansionism, which can only be a policy of cooperation and peace...
...If Stalin is so convinced, it will mean war...
...not only against capitalism, but tear against liberal democracy, ioar against free trade unionism and Socialism...
...But Russia need not expand if it breaks from the Tzarist heritage and from the Kremlin's doctrinaire madness...
...As a stop-Russia policy brings failure to Russian expansionism, it will bring forth Soviet moderates and a moderate policy of concentration on cultivating the Russian garden and cooperating with the world through the United Nations...
...The danger is that they may convince the Kremlin's doctrinaire diehards that American democracy and its people are disunited and demoralized, that we have neither the unity nor the will to stand up against Soviet aggression...
...Ctutmiutu^t .evolutions in Europe...
...This tied in with the earlier, historical expansionism of France, especially of France under Louis XIV, and it became Napoleon's aggressive expansionism...
...Russia must have all Europe or nothing, for the Soviet cannot economically service Eastern Europe unless it subjugates Western Europe with its industrial resources...
...And it will be stopped by a Ann foreign policy, by the reconstruction and recovery of Europe through the Marshall Plan and cooperative self-help, by growing economic and political unification that will bring the rebirjfc of a free, independent Europe that caf speak up to Russia and peacefully undermine the Communist dictatorships in Easter* Europe...
...It perpetrated one of the foulest crimes in history when it attacked from the rear the Polish armies fighting against the invading Nazis...
...Local Communists were prepared to spring forth to give the invaders armed cooperation...
...In no Eastern European country has there been any call to the people for revolution or the organization of Soviets for revolutionary struggle...
...Why Communists so argue is clear, but why should liberals agree...
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...It was true of Cromwell's revolution, and true of the French Revolution which, under the Jacobins, in self-defense sent its armies throughout Europe...
...Hence these apologists and appeasers are the worst friends of the Russian people and oi peace, for their policy promotes war...
...after which crime Russia annexed half of Poland and Molotov said: "The Polish nation has ceased to exist...
...As the Russian drive to the Atlantic is stopped, the prospects of peace will brighten...
...Trotsky disagreed with Lenin as a matter of expediency, not on principle...
...Russian expansionism can continue only if the Kremlin is willing to risk war...
...Yes, even the abomination of racialism: right after VE-Day Stalin issued an appeal to "our Slav brothers" in Eastern Europe...
...But to argue that only reactionaries want to stop Communist expansionism is sheer falsification...
...Several months ago Premier Gottwald, who directed the Communist murder of democracy and Socialism in Czechoslovakia, said that "the German Age is over in Europe, the Slav Age note begins," while the new Communist constitution calls Czechoslovakia "a Slav state...
...Without another war the Red Army cjfnnot go into Western Europe to set up the "coalition governments" that end in Communist dictatorship...
...Since the war began in 1939, the Soviet Union has expanded forcibly into control of 160,000 square miles of territory with over 100,000,000 inhabitants...
...The expansionist phase of the Soviet revolution is coming to an end...
...This is an inevitable degeneration, as "revolutionary" imperialism uses undemo-'' cratic aggression and so strengthens anti-democratic forces, including militarism and racialism...
...And from the beginning, Communism argued that capitalism (with which were lumped democracy and Socialism) could not live peacefully with it in the same world...
...Then the force spent itself...
...When, In 1920, war broke out between Poland and Russia, Lenin decided in case of victory to use the Red Army to set up a Polish Communist government and, together with a Polish 'red army," to su'eep on to Germany and Hungary...
...These apologists and appeasers, moreover, misinform Russia about American attitudes...
...ALL THESE FACTS are ignored by "liberal" apologists of Sovietism, the while they make big-lie charges against British-American "imperialism and war-mongering...
...THE COMMUNISTS and their "liberal" apologists and appeasers argue that any stop-Russia policy 4s necessarily reactionary...
...It was Lenin, moreover, who originated the idea of using the Red Army to spread Communist revolution...
...It is true that reactionaries also want to stop Russia...
...They ignore the facts of a continuing liquidation of capitalist imperialism in the Philippines, in India, the Malayas, Indonesia, Ceylon and Burma...

Vol. 32 • March 1949 • No. 11


 
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