On the Relations of Production in the USSR; Paul Sweezy Replies

  • Bernard Chavance
  • Paul M. Sweezy
Keywords: History, Marxism


Paul Sweezy's position as set forth in a recent article (Monthly Review, March 1976) can be summarized as follows: (1) exploitation is a dominant phenomenon in the Soviet Union; (2) the ruling stratum of Soviet society is an exploiting class; (3) this class cannot be described as a capitalist class, any more than the Soviet Union can be characterized as a capitalist society. He makes it quite clear that he prefers "in the present state of our knowledge to leave open the question of the precise nature of the exploitative class society which has developed in the USSR."
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