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East Winds: Back to the USSR: Soviet communism as an autonomous route to capitalism

Anselm Jappe

2/03/2018
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Back to the USSR: Soviet communism as an autonomous route to capitalism by Anselm Jappe
Can one still refer to the term communism? And if this term seems to have been compromised forever because of the Soviet experience, what is the most frightening aspect of this experience? The violence? Definitely. But this was not an exclusive feature of communism. The utopian dimension? Maybe this was its best aspect. Its opposition to the capitalist world, which would be ‘natural’? Perhaps this is the problem: state communism never broke the foundations of mercantile society – money and labour – and even implanted them in an ‘underdeveloped’ society. It was a forced modernisation that, nevertheless, remained a secondary, and minor, development of the global mercantile society. The collapse of the USSR was not a victory for capitalism, but a phase of its global crisis. Later, this crisis was also to affect the main capitalist countries.

Anselm Jappe is philosopher and theoretician specialising in the ideas of Guy Debord.

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