Reflections on the Overthrow of Communism – Michael Parenti

Posted: February 26, 2017 in Hidden history
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Reflections on the Overthrow of Communism

Michael Parenti (2009)

Michael Parenti maintains that the Soviet Union didn’t collapse of its own accord in 1991 – that it was overthrown by the US and their allies.  He details the US-backed coup undertaken by Boris Yeltsin’s in 1993 when the Russian parliament refused to approve his extreme market-based reforms. Parenti also discusses the extreme misery Wall Street elites and the State Department inflicted on the Russian people in the effort (prior to Putin’s rise to power) to transform their country into a third world sweatshop. He highlights the massive increase in gang inequality and crime, and the increase in gender inequality (as the right to maternity leave, day care, divorce and abortion were stripped from the Russian constitution), sexual harassment, domestic violence and murder of women by their husbands.

The US Left’s Virulent Anticommunism

Parenti freely acknowledges that Soviet citizens sacrificed civil liberties for economic democracy, ie a society in which all citizens are  lifted out of poverty and enjoy free health care and education, subsidized housing and public transport and an absolute guarantee against brutal exploitation. He contrasts this with life in the US, where working people enjoy neither economic democracy nor civil liberties. He’s also scathingly critical of the American left (he mentions Noam Chomsky by name), which is much more virulently anti-communist than their right wing counterparts.

He goes on to detail serious weaknesses of the Soviet system, which he believes contributed to its demise. Overall he feels the Soviet economic system suffered from an absence of independent analysis. While Karl Marx offers a thorough critique of capitalism, he has no counterpart to critique the socialist/communist model.

The Human Nature Debate

Where Parenti and I part company is is contention that “pure socialism” (ie total abolition of the state) is impossible. He makes the argument that if workers run everything, it’s impossible to accumulate enough surplus value to finance an army to 1) to break the stranglehold of the capitalist class and 2) to defend against counter-revolution. He also maintains a state is necessary to protect against the greedy, acquisitive nature of human beings.

These views are also contradicted by decades of sociological research that human beings (like all primates) are hard wired to be social animals and naturally inclined towards cooperation and interdependence (see Human Nature: Cultural or Genetic. There is also strong evidence that much of the greed and antisocial behavior that characterizes the capitalist system stems from traumatic child rearing styles.

Comments
  1. “These views are also contradicted by decades of sociological research that human beings (like all primates) are hard wired to be social animals and naturally inclined towards cooperation and interdependence (see Human Nature: Cultural or Genetic). There is also strong evidence that much of the greed and antisocial behavior that characterizes the capitalist system stems from traumatic child rearing styles.”
    ~ To blame parents for the way they raise their children is to negate years of societal brainwashing/manipulation to serve the capitalist endless pursuit of profit.

    • I agree, Rosaliene that the capitalist system – and the dire financial pressures it imposes on most of the population – are ultimately responsible for the way western parents raise their children. However I think we need to be honest that child poverty, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction are epidemic in western society. All these scenarios are profoundly traumatizing for developing children – at least in my 32 years on the front line as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

  2. Rudolf says:

    Reblogged this on rudolfblog.

  3. amaezed says:

    You don’t need to prove anything by facts. Reverse engineer any scenario. Look at geopolitical chess. Look at how the countries are positioned and who’s side they’re on. Mexico/USA, China/North Korea/Cambodia/Himalayas, Russia/Chechnya/Ukraine/Poland, Israel/Middle East. West vs. East. All players strategically placed. The west has wanted Russia to become westernised for ages. Aint gonna happen. The Vietnam/Cambodian/Korean and now the Middle eastern wars. It’s just business.
    https://desultoryheroics.com/2017/02/26/the-white-helmets-go-to-hollywood/ …another false flag. And I was about to watch this on Netflix…oh dear

  4. Excellent point, amaezed. The US is a colonial empire attempting to gobble up the world’s resources and their global influence is clearly on the decline.

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