Beyond Michael Parenti or What is State Capitalism?


Originally uploaded on September 25, 2020 This video returns to the question of how contemporary Marxists should understand the no longer existing socialism of the 20th century while attempting to address some objections from Michael Parenti. In the video you’ll hear excerpts from William Brigg’s book “Removing the Stalin Stain,” and Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff’s 1994 essay “Between State and Private Capitalism: What Was Soviet “Socialism”? In fact, here’s an excerpt from that essay to start with before you even watch the video: “If Marxists do not construct and debate Marxian explanations of what happened in the USSR, then the only lessons drawn from that history will be those of anti- and non-Marxists.” Support Sublation Media on Patreon