By Arlen Tracey

in a society which is divided into hostile classes, the views of these classes regarding history will be contradictory. In modern capitalist society, the historical views and analysis that present the interests of the bourgeoisie prevail in popular media, public discourse, and education. They are propagated at the expense of those views that reflect the actual nature of reality and thus serve the interests of the proletariat and human progress

It is for this reason that Stalin, more than any other revolutionary leader of the proletariat is demonized Stalin is not demonized for his political ideology, or for any particularly strong verbiage against the ruling class Rather. Stalin is demonized endlessly for his real achievements for the working class.

Whatever criticisms can be raised of Stalin from whatever sector of the proletarian movement, it cannot be disputed that Stalin’s achievements in advancement of socialism on a world scale are unprecedented This is the primary reason he is demonized in the modern bourgeois press, all other reasons being secondary.

During the period when Stalin led the Soviet Union, humanity moved toward communism in terms of millennia, (1) Stalin led the construction of a socialist economy; (2) he successfully divided the “united front” of the imperialists against the USSR; (3) he rid the world of fascism and brought down Japanese imperialism; (4) he expanded the socialist camp from a single country to encompassing one-thirds of the human race; and (5) he also greatly expanded and aided the Black Liberation movement in the United States.

These acts are unprecedented victories for the proletariat, and also unprecedented defeats for the bourgeoisie. No other leader has achieved so much in terms of real human progress. In the words of Jesus Christ, if you can "know him by his fruits”, Stalin measures up as one of the greatest heroes among the global working class movement, by all honest measures.

Whatever his limitations, his achievements stand far above any other leader in history.

1. The Construction of a Socialist Economy

Prior to Stalin, the idea that the means of production could be held in common resulting in the creation of vast material abundance was only abstract theory. Marx explained the efficiency of socialism and historical path toward its achievement. Lenin led the 1917 Russian Revolution, and forged the first working class state.

However, it was not until 1928 that Lenin’s economic definition of Socialism, i.e. “Soviet power plus electrification” became realized.

Stalin led the USSR in enacting the first “Five Year Plan.” This resulted in a great expansion of socialist economic power; in reversing the continuing excesses of the New Economic Policy; and creating a system with 91% of all economic activity under public control. With the Five Year Plan, Stalin led the Soviet people in building a mighty socialist fortress Electricity, running water, literacy, and food security was brought to the people of the Soviet Union.

The collectivization of agriculture, despite the often exaggerated hardship of its earliest years, resulted in an end to starvation and hunger in the Soviet society. The collective farm system that was forged was vastly superior to any other agriculture model in history.

In a few short years after the first of the “Five Year Plans, the Soviet Union was an industrial power on par with the United States and all other imperialists The economic efficiency of socialism was proven With no unemployment, no labor power was wasted; all soviet citizens, from the smallest child, to the oldest woman contributed to the collective economic expansion with every act of labor. No surplus value was created from their labor, and the tasks carried out were assigned based on a central plan, collectively drawn up.

With no competing industries or services, no advertising, and none of capitalism’s useless professions and none of capitalism’s various wasteful necessities, all efforts were put toward the construction of a new world. Medical care, education, and all the things never before achieved in the dark days of the Russian “prison house of nations” became reality in the USSR, in a brief period of time.

Women joined socialist construction alongside of men. The world’s largest hydro-electrical power plant was built. The world’s most efficient system of tractor production was created. The Red Army expanded from being a militia of muskets and country rifles, to being the force that drove the Wehrmacht from the earth.

Stalin’s leadership of the USSR began with a peasant economy of ox drawn plows, and ended with spacecraft, legendary military superiority, and a feeling of unprincipled terror on the part of the ruling the classes of this earth.

The successful economic model of the Five Year Plan was copied and repeated around the world. The Chinese, the Koreans, the Cubans, and the peoples of Eastern Europe after their liberation repeated this successful economic model of construction.

The model involves full employment, broad discussion, and centralized economic planning. It is the “command economy” so demonized and despised by capitalists and revisionists. It has nothing in common with the various “mixed economy” schemes of Tito and Deng Xiaoping. It contains none of blunders involved in the “de- Stalinization” efforts of Khrushchev. Unlike all of these horrific revisions of the socialist ideal, it was and is an economically successful model.

The USSR collapsed after years of revisionist meddling with this economic model. Khrushchev’s “virgin land campaign”, the various, rightly named “de-Stalinization efforts”, and ultimately the open suicide of “Perestroika,” brought down the powerful machine of Stalin’s genius construction.

There is now no doubt that Socialism works as an economic system. Stalin proved this by making it work. Only due to historical falsification and mis-education can anyone claim “Communism is a good idea, but fails in practice.”

There is no doubt a need to improve upon the model he created, but the ideas purported by revisionists about the necessity of “market mechanisms” or the need for a combination of “cooperative, private, and public industries” in a socialist society is not based in any historical facts.

The Soviet economic experiment was repeated in Democratic Korea, in Cuba in China and in Eastern Europe The construction of socialism has been a success by each and every possible measure of societal health.

Even liars like Robert Conquest spend their thousands of pages, not trying to deny the economic miracle of socialism, but rather spreading rumors and testimonials about political repression. All honest analysis of Socialist Construction shows it to be overwhelmingly successful

2. Splitting the Imperialist Camp prior to the Second World War

During the early 1930s, a slogan of the Communist International was “Stop Imperialist War.” There was a universal understanding among all of society, that the war that was looming would involve all the imperialist powers jointly attacking the Soviet Union, in order to restore capitalism. Such a war had taken place immediately following the 1917 seizure of power, and it was expected to resume throughout the entire decade of the 1930s, as the capitalist economy crashed and the “bailout” of war profits was yearned for.

The example of Stalin’s first great achievement in socialist construction could not be tolerated by the world bourgeoisie. It proved before the entire world that there was no need for the capitalist parasite class, and their existence was merely an impediment to human progress.

The bourgeoisie was united in its hope to smash the USSR. However, Stalin broke this unity, saving the USSR from assured destruction, and unraveling several links in the world capitalist empire in the process.

The German Fascist Adolph Hitler went to the Vatican immediately after assuming power in 1933 and requested a “holy crusade against Bolshevism.” Hitler’s request expressed the wishes of both his fascist allies in Spain and Italy, as well as his appeasers in Britain, France, and the United States.

The brilliance of Stalin was his ability, between 1933 and 1939 when the war began, to divide the imperialist camp. In doing so, when the Anti- Soviet war finally broke out, the United States and Britain were on the side of the Soviet people against the fascists, and Soviet power was only forced to defeat German, Japanese, and Italian imperialism. This was itself a great difficulty, and if these forces had combined with the British and U.S. Imperialists, socialism might have been squashed entirely.

However, the opposite occurred.

Stalin learned from the tactics of the ruling class, who so effectively learned to have Social- Democrats turn their guns on Communists, and Anarchists turn their guns on both Communists and Social-Democrats. The tactics used by COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party, of dividing and creating false rivalries, were utilized by Stalin against the competing capitalist imperialist powers

By 1939, an entire half of the “world united front against Communism.” was convinced it was part of the “world united front against fascism,” with pulls from all sides, confusing it.

The popular front, numerous calls for a “world democratic coalition”, and finally the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact divided and confused the imperialist camp to no end. By arranging for the imperialists to fight amongst themselves, and not engage in joint anti-Soviet aggression. Stalin was able to help ensure the victory of the Soviet people in the Anti-Fascist war.

Stalin played upon the great weakness of the capitalist economy, that being its fundamental divisive and competitive nature. The monopoly capitalist bourgeoisie, despite having united historical class interests, cannot have joint short term economic interests. Between sectors of the monopoly bourgeoisie there will always be contradictory financial interests.

However, among the ranks of the proletariat, the economic interest is fundamentally similar. Differences among the proletarian movement are strategic only as they struggle for the liberation of their class.

The popular front should not be confused with revisionism. The Comintern’s popular front, engineered by Dmitrov and Stalin, was a tactic for defending the USSR. Revisionism is anti-proletarian ideology.

During the Cold War period, the Khruschevite Revisionists openly surrendered to all imperialists. They never had the diplomatic brilliance of sowing disunity among the enemy camp. The Khrushchevites rather, sowed disunity among the Socialist camp, by attacking China and Albania, and embracing all-out class traitors like Tito.

The Khruschevite Revisionists saw “socialism n one country”, not as a great achievement and temporary victory in a global working class seizure of power, but as a permanent fixture which they expected the imperialists to respect. The doctrine of “Peaceful Co-Existence”, despite sounding similar to the ideology proclaimed during the popular front, lacks the Popular Front’s temporality and strategic nature. Khruschevite revisionism views capitalism as an eternal system, to be “coexisted with” while socialist countries “peacefully compete” with it in a “world market.”

Such verbiage of poisonous treason and surrender to the working class never entered Stalin’s political vocabulary. His treaties, negotiations, and agreements with imperialism were always temporary.

3. The defeat of Hitlerite Fascism and Japanese Imperialism

The Soviet Union, by all historical accounts, was the decisive factor in the defeat of fascism and Japanese Imperialism. The battle of Stalingrad is considered to have been the turning point of the war in Europe The Red Army marched through Europe, liberating concentration camps and executing Nazis, Anti-Fascist resistance forces in France, Italy, Germany, Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania, and elsewhere were Communist led almost exclusively. The Communists of China were the main forces in defeating Japan. All of these global communist revolutionaries received direction from Stalin and Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

The brilliance of Stalin’s second achievement of dividing the enemy camp was complimented by his ability to unleash bravery and heroism on the part of the Soviet people.

When Napoleon invaded Czarist Russia, it was the winter that turned him back, while many peasants greeted him as a liberator from the feudal aristocracy.

But when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, purposely seeking to avoid the Russian winter learning from Napoleon’s error, he was driven backward. Every Soviet person was a loyal soldier. There was no separation between the people and the standing army, only a united, working class together fighting a “great patriotic war.”

The only traitors in the Soviet Union were among the bureaucracy and high ranks of the military. The much hailed traitors who went over to the Nazis were not workers, but well paid, non-ideological officials who saw that Nazi imperialists offered higher wages than did the proletariat.

One wonders how horribly the Great Patriotic War would have been, if figures like Bukharin, who openly opposed socialist construction as the “right opposition” and aligned with the “American Exceptionalists” like Jay Lovestone in the U.S., had remained high ranking party members.

Such “anti-dogmatists” and “economic gradualists”, who openly opposed Socialist construction, might very well have been effective in bringing about much greater treason on the part of the military and economic bureaucracy in the USSR.

It was the Soviet working class and peasantry, and their champion, “the man of steel” who won the war. A better case for rectification campaigns and cultural revolutions of future socialist countries could not be made. Stalin's purges of disloyal “bloc of rights and Trotskyites” within the soviet government are likely what led to the victory over fascism.

4. Expanding the Socialist Camp

During the time of Stalin, the countries where the working class held political power multiplied by great number. At the time of Stalin’s assuming the leadership of the Communist Party, only one country on earth was ruled as a Dictatorship of the Proletariat. However, at the time of his death, 1/3 of the human race lived under Socialism.

Stalin’s aid, insights, and support of Mao Zedong was key in the victory of the Chinese Red Army.

The Red Army, directed by Stalin, liberated Eastern Europe from Nazism. The “People’s Democracies” soon became Socialist states, led by Marxist-Leninists whom Stalin had trained.

Kim II Sung received personal instruction and training from Stalin, and soon led Democratic Korea, driving the U.S. troops from the northern half of the peninsula.

In the “Korean War”, the Soviet Union, People’s Korea, Eastern Europe, and China all joined together against the U.S. imperialists Such united action on the part of socialist governments is historically unknown. Only Tito’s Yugoslavia opposed this war for Korean Liberation and Self-Determination.

Since then, no effort has ever commanded such a high level of global unity. Such unity rendered McArthur’s threats of nuclear war completely flaccid. Socialist global power was too strong.

1/3 of humanity lived under socialist governments, directed by Marxist-Leninists parties, Africa awakened in response, with an upsurge of anti-colonial revolts. Vietnam soon began the drive toward re-unity.

Even a section of Germany, a foreign mighty imperialist power, began the construction of Socialism as the “German Democratic Republic.”

How can the person who expanded Socialism from the impoverished, Soviet republic of the “New Economic Policy” to this level of strength be dismissed as anything but a Communist of the greatest possible caliber?

5. Aid to the Black Liberation Struggle in the U.S.

No world leader outside of the United States has played as key a role in the Black Liberation struggle in the U.S. as did Stalin. By making clear his unapologetic and unrepentant anti­racism, Stalin turned the Soviet Union into a key weapon against Jim Crow Apartheid.

The Soviet people had huge demonstrations in Red Square for the Scottsboro Nine, a group of Black youth falsely accused of rape who faced the death penalty. The mother of one of the Scottsboro nine toured the USSR exposing the horrors of Jim Crow and Lynching in the U.S. South.

If it were not for Stalin, the Black Liberation movement in the U.S. would be much weaker, and never have achieved anything near what it has achieved today.

If it were not for Stalin, China would never have had a revolution and be a world economic power as it is today.

If it were not for Stalin, the Anti-Imperialist movements in Africa, Asia, and Latin America would never have risen to be so powerful.

If it were not for Stalin there would be no Congress of Industrial Organizations in the United States or Social Security or unemployment insurance.

If it were not for Stalin the social-democratic governments of Europe would not have been forced to grant concessions like National Healthcare or Free University Education.

Stalin was a rare kind of individual who affects history like no other.

The fact that so many modern Marxist-Leninists attack and demonize him is a tragedy. If the modern revolutionary movement wishes to advance and regain the strength it had during Stalin’s time, we must embrace, study, and learn from the man who got us there.

So much about the man is unclear and unknown Even the smallest details about his life are relatively unknown, frequently falsified, and unclear.

What is clear is that the man was Josef V. Stalin. The world shook due to his endless achievements for all downtrodden and oppressed people.

Stalin wrote extensively on the National Question, and while he led the international communist movement, the view of Black people in the U.S. as a Nation was universally understood and upheld.

Leaflets circulated among southern workers, Black and white, which spoke of the USSR as the “new north” and Stalin as “the new Lincoln.”

Share-croppers unions were forged, despite the refusal of the American Federation of Labor to aid these historic efforts.

South Carolina was in a state of Civil War as sharecroppers battled Klansmen and the National Guardsmen. Armed struggle rocked Gastonia.

Angelo Herndon, a Black youth, became the world famous leader of Black Southern Communists in the United States.

Paul Robeson spoke extensively of how the Soviet Union was the great friend of Black people in the U.S.

The dream of a “Negro Soviet Republic” filled the lips of Black freedom fighters, long before the “Republic of New Afrika” was formed. The Communist Party embraced the demand for right to independence in the Black Belt, with land being provided to the descendants of slaves to hold in common under a Communist government. This is the dream that countless armed Black revolutionaries in the United States died for in battles with the police and the Ku Klux Klan.

The Communist Party in the U.S., while upholding and practicing the political line Stalin put forward, was the key anti-racist organization of the time It put forward the political line of “Organize the South.” “Right to vote clubs”, the League of Southern Youth, the National Negro Congress and many other Communist-led antiracist organizations pushed civil rights forward before Martin Luther King was even born.

Even during the dark days of McCarthyism, when the Communists in the U.S. were weak and isolated, Stalin was key in aiding the Black liberation movement. The lynching of Emmitt Till became known worldwide because the Soviet Union, even after Stalin’s death, projected it across the world, showing the ugly racism that existed within the belly of U.S. Imperialism.

Long before Martin Luther King, and the other civil rights leaders whom the U.S. history books have sanitized, were figures like Harry Haywood, James Ford, Claudia Jones, and Paul Robeson. All of them remain outside of U.S. historical narratives because they were unrepentant Marxist-Leninists, who saw Stalin as he was, a great hero and friend of all oppressed people.

The National Negro Labor Congress, a long forgotten revolutionary Black organization was key in fighting for integration in Northern industrial centers.

Over a decade after Stalin’s death, in Detroit, when Black Auto-Workers formed the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) they rightfully embraced Stalin. His portrait hung in their offices, and they loudly rejected the revisionist politics that dominated the USSR beginning in 1956, as well as the Trotskyists and Revisionism that dominated the U.S. left.

The Black Panther Party also embraced Stalin, rejecting both Trotskyite and Khruschevite Revisionism. The ideology of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao was on the lips of Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and Bobby Seale as they built the world historic organization which shook the world.

Stalin’s program of winning liberation for the Black Belt South was embraced by the Black Liberation Movement long after his time. In every printed edition of “Final Call”, the Nation of Islam proclaims their demand for a national territory inspired by Stalin Malcolm X’s finest speeches contain references to “the struggle for land.”

While Khrushchev sought to restrain the world revolution with “peaceful co-existence”, the last speeches of Stalin surged with enthusiasm for world Communist revolution. The “Stalinists” in the United States were always the closest friends of the Black Liberation movement. The Trotskyists snubbed the Black Revolutionary movement as “narrow nationalism” and “lumpenism.” The revisionists sought to subordinate the struggle of Black people to the Democratic Party.

At anti-war rallies it was the Revolutionary Youth Movement, the Weathermen, and other Stalinists who always raised support for the Black Panthers. When the Trotskyist thugs in the National Mobilization to End the War would try to confiscate pro-Black Liberation Placards, the crowds would fight them off with makeshift clubs while chanting “Every Chicken Needs A Pot, Every Icepick Needs A Trot!”

There is not a person on this earth who is not personally affected by Stalin’s greatness.

If it were not for Stalin, fascism would have won the Second World War.

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