Saturday, June 01, 2002

Charlie Stross says lots of sensible things about socialism and in particular what socialism really is in Europe.


Just about every Socialist I know thinks that, far from the Soviet Union's fall proving that Marxism is a total crock, the collapse of the USSR is the best thing that's happened to socialism for nearly a century. The entire ghastly Leninist experiment can now be laid at the crossroads with a stake through its heart and a garlic bulb in its mouth -- leaving the socialists free to get back to the main program, which is redressing the roots of human injustice and inequity.

I'm really not as optimistic as he is about the collapse of the Soviet Union being a good thing for the socialist idea, but the whole piece is worth reading.

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