Last weekend's discussion involved a discussion about the nature of the state which touched upon the issue of Stalinism a bit. Obviously you guys' conception of state capitalism is very different from the trots' - in Trotskyism the stalinist regimes such as the USSR, China, etc, were regarded as "deformed workers' states" however horrific and the "working class" was deemed to have "taken power". Whereas I think, If I understand correctly, that you regard state capitalism as another form of capitalism.
I have a question about Stalinism however. I am currently reading your book "Communism, not a nice idea..." and in it I think that it implies that Marx was saying that the tendency of Capital in the 19th century was to move to a more centralised mode of production and to concentrate more and more capital, either in the hands of state, or the hands of smaller and smaller groups of capitalists. You can see this tendency in capitalism today.
My question is this. Given that state capitalism is another form of capitalism rather than a "workers' state" or anything like that, is it possible that the ruling class of one or more countries could try to introduce a form of Stalinism in order to save the system which i think we are all agreed in a state of decay, and by that I mean confiscating property from private capitalists (and putting it in the hands of the state rather than the workers) nationalising industries and that sort of thing? I have heard that China is sort of at a midway point between Stalinism and private capitalism, and I was wondering whether it might be possible that other bourgeois regimes might make moves in that direction in order to save capitalism from the "anarchy of the markets".
or is that bollocks? is it ever feasible that they'd do this?