|Sent on:||Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:43 PM|
As far as I know, nobody in DSA is talking about "communism" or about "proletarian dictatorship." Democratic Socialists of America several decades ago grew out of a leftwing political movement in the USA that specifically rejected the notion of "communism" and the notion of "proletarian dictatorship."
Also, these concepts have been unpopular in the United States since the start of the US - Soviet Cold War in the late 1940s. There once was a middling-size Communist Party in the US, but its members were severely repressed during the McCarthy era in the 1950s, and many members of the Communist Party who tried to stay loyal despite the political reppression of the 1950s soon dropped out of the party afterwards in response to Kruschev's expose of Stalin's crimes in 1954. Many Communists who stayed with the CP even then were shocked when the Soviet Union invaded and occupied Hungary in 1956.
Therefore, because of all of this, I don't think the question of "proletarian dictatorship" and "communism" has any practical relevance in the United States in 2010. Just trying to build an effective democratic left in the USA is difficult enough as it is, without dragging in the bogeyman of "communism." I think the only people who still believe in the possibility of "communism" in the US are either members of tiny sectarian parties of -- more commonly -- fans of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
However, if you're suggesting that socialism itself would be bad for the USA - and that like Poland, we would be better off if we just experienced another 50 years of capitalist development, resembling the last 50 years of capitalist development -- well, you may be correct, but then why do you want to belong to a democratic socialist organization?
I think the challenge for DSA members today is not to resurrect "communist" dreams of an earthly paradise, since it's not going to happen, but it's also not to propose a capitalist way forward for the people of the United States. If we're just in favor of the continued rule of capitalism, we probably should all belong to some other organization.
--- On Wed, 11/17/10, Ludwik Kowalski <[address removed]> wrote: