(THIS ARTICLE IS MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)
Odd Handegård mentioned in a debate post that the Leninist version of Marxism brought with it a lot of "ideological turmoil", but he did not specify what he was thinking. I agree with him, and will try to clarify what I perceive as erroneous and foolish in the currently authorized Soviet edition of "Marxism-Leninism."
In front of me I have lying a brick of a book: The basis of Marxism-Leninism, Norwegian edition by Ny Dag 1962. The book has the interesting subtitle Textbook. It is not meant to be ironic. I have received the book from two friends who are prominent members of NKP – "like a compass on a stormy sea". It was nice, but not very tactical done by my friends. The compass showed me a very different path than they thought: I was seriously aware of the weaknesses of Soviet society. Therefore, I would strongly recommend Norwegian socialists to read this book.
And at the same time I want to ask the question NKP if they really seriously consider this book as a "textbook". For the sake of the arsenal of clichés and unproven claims, I have seldom been lost in so-called serious political literature.
There is no room here to quote in the broadest sense. I will only consider one area – the view of resources, technology and global ecology. I challenged former NKP on this point, but have not received an answer. In that sense, they are quite similar to their counterparts inside SUF (ml): They are in the greatest search for a credible and scientifically based political line in these issues, therefore they choose to talk about something else.
The first quotation is taken from p. 634: «Socialist industrialization means that such a development of large-scale industry, and in particular heavy industry, is created, that an opportunity is created to transform the entire people's household and build it up with the most modern mechanical technology that basis – a development that secures the victory of socialism and anchors the independence of the country in question in economic-technical terms and its ability to defend the country against the capitalist part of the world ».
The quote is followed up with long tiradar about choirs in particular socialist the modern technology is. It is a gluttony in science-fiction-influenced future romance that one would otherwise only find in older vintages of The Best and Lyn Gordon. The whole time is a maximum technologydevelopment is not only seen as «harmless» for a socialist society, but directly as the main condition for the transition to communism.
Borgstrøm – his revolutionary view of resources and global ecology is neglected by Marxist-Leninists.
- There is no restraint that capitalism can in a way be built into the techno-structure, such as both Dag Østerberg and I have been in here in the newspaper, and as a philosopher who i.a. Marcus has pointed to in an international context. – (It amazes me that Dag Østerberg can defend the Soviet Union as strongly as he does, when he has the same views as me on techno-structure and socialism. – Have you read this book, Østerberg?)
There is only one mitigating circumstance that counts in defense of the Soviet investment in heavy industry in the past: the defense of "the only socialist society" against capitalism – that is, through capitalist technology and capitalist exploitation of "the agrarian territory", the countryside.
But today it seems that Soviet society is trapped as in a trap of a surviving strategy: They want to deplete resources faster and faster to reach the "communist society", which paradoxically can become a society where everyone living in pollution and poverty instead of the wonderful millennial kingdom that is carved out in chapter 27.
But "the basis of Marxism-Leninism" dispels all doubt about "socialist technology and science" as "reactionary talk." Just listen:
«What is it that should prevent the task from being solved? Raw material shortage perhaps? That the natural riches that humans find in the earth are depleted? Even today, there is no doubt that human beings are not threatened by such a danger. (Mi uth.) In the upswing that is taking place in agriculture, huge raw material resources can be made available for the production of necessities. But even more promising is the development and use of certain synthetic substances, which are not below the natural substances in quality and even surpass them in many pieces. Man has learned to extract high-quality new substances from coal and natural gas, oil and timber waste, from seawater and even air. This is a way that makes it possible to solve the raw material problem completely in the near future.»(Mi uth.)
The quote speaks for itself: Marxist-Leninistane has found "the wise stone" in the revolution and the proletariat's takeover of the accelerating technology. Through the revolution, there will be enough resources for all of us.
This is reminiscent of an old, good profession from the Middle Ages: the goldsmith – alchemy. While a whole globe outside is waking up to the nightmare that a runaway technology is inflicting on us, the Marxist-Leninists are sitting in front of the roots in their alchemist retorts.