Monthly Archive: February 2017

“Proletarian Bonapartism” and Prebendal Politics (DWS Series Part II)

In Part 1 of the DWS series, I laid out what I consider to be a theory of deformed workers’ states. That theory posited that such states came into existence under distinct conditions. Petty-bourgeois movements, usually anti-imperialist, were supported by discontented layers of workers and/or peasants and were thereby forced to smash the bourgeois state managed by the pro-imperialist collaborators and compradors; once in power, these petty bourgeois forces, if facing a heightened threat from imperialist countries, could turn to the Soviet Union as a model and source for material support, collectivizing the economy with the instituting of central planning. Lacking such…
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