The bureaucracy: a class, or not a class?

This article argues that the substantive question of whether the Stalinist bureaucracy crystallised into an exploiting class is often obscured by arguments about summary descriptive phrases for the whole system (“degenerated workers’ state”, “bureaucratic collectivism”, “state capitalism”). Widely varying substantive theories have been developed under each of the summary phrases.
https://revolutionbetrayed582896380.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/three_traditions_on_the_ussr.pdf

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