taken by Stalin during his time in power?
I have my problems with Stalin. I don’t believe that he was a counter-revolutionary dictator, and I think he was one of the better presences in the Party. But this doesn’t mean I agree with everything he was about, and I think being in complete agreement with anybody from the past is a mistake. Nobody can be completely correct, and a Marxist approach to history has to be one that assesses positives and negatives and crafts a better approach than the one we had before. If you are concerned with the apparently astronomical death tolls, I’ll link to the same thing I suggested that the last anon I got should read. Other than this, the question is about what socialist principles you think Stalin went against? One of the most popular criticisms of Stalin from an MLM perspective is that he tended toward a mechanical materialism in place of a dialectical outlook. I think this is accurate, and it doesn’t just come out in his writing, but in how he preferred to deal with class struggle. Many counter-revolutionaries were executed, and while I don’t consider it to be too big a deal that reactionaries aspiring to overthrow socialism were shot, the fact remains that this is not an effective way of going beyond the class struggle. Instead of attempting to deal with this from a seat in the Central Committee, I think Mao shined the light on a better method with the Cultural Revolution. On the other hand, a common Trotskyist argument is that building “socialism in one country” is a deviation from correct socialist principles, and I would say this view is idealistic and essentially a line of defeatism.