The state and permanent revolution

Source: CounterPunch
by Peter LaVenia

“Trotsky argued that the real trajectory of capitalism was one of combined and uneven development. Instead of one path, capitalism created situations where less technologically advanced nations could leapfrog centuries of development or compress them into a very small scope of time. Older social relations would co-exist alongside modern production methods. … Political time, like economic time, would be compressed. The proletariat would be forced to take power in order to solve basic democratic tasks, but it would be unable to stop at that stage, since their political rule would only be possible as part of a socialist uprising. Working class political rule would open the door to socialism quite rapidly. Trotsky called this permanent revolution, borrowed from Marx’s 1850 Address to the Central Committee of the Communist League.” (11/14/17)