Russia’s “scent” of conceptual Stalinism is what drives many in the West mad, political scientist and leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on December 23 on the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program on the Russia One channel.
According to the political scientist, conceptual Stalinism is the understanding of the country’s solitude and its alternative path of development. “Something new for Russia is perceived in Stalin. They smell the scent of not literal, but of conceptual Stalinism here. Exactly this feeling of solitude and alternatives… And this is what drives them absolutely mad,” the political scientist explained.
Sergey Kurginyan stressed that the supporters of the Marxism, about which Marx used to say “I am not a Marxist!” hated Stalin because they believed that his intention to build socialism in a single country was anti-Marxist nonsense.
“The anti-Marxist nonsense began from the idea that socialist revolution is possible in Russia as a backward country. This is what they blamed Lenin for. Plekhanov, who was the main Russian Marxist, hated this terribly, calling it madness. To say nothing of Bernstein and Kautsky, who were responsible for Marx’ heritage. And Stalin’s idea of building socialism in a single country resulted in an upsurge of indignation in the entire Marxist world,” Sergey Kurginyan said.
The political scientist believes that in order to understand our contemporary historical period we must reflect on Herzen’s idea of the West taking the wrong path, Lenin’s consonant ideas, and Stalin’s words that the Soviet Union would build something great in solitude.
“Stalinism per se is an absolutely new page in communist ideology, and it cannot be considered successive to the previous ones; instead, it is necessary to reflect on, for example, Herzen’s idea that the West was taking the wrong path, and its relation to Lenin’s similar idea, who respected Herzen, and Stalin’s ideas that we would build something unprecedented while remaining practically in solitude. This combination has a relation to our historical period,” the leader of the Essence of Time said.
The political scientist was answering the program host Vladimir Solovyov’s question why the West has now, of all times, started talking so much about Stalin while continuing its attempts to equate him to Hitler.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency