Literally what is the alternative? I've never understood what trotskyists mean when they talk about permanent revolution. Could someone explain what that would have meant, in concrete terms, for the USSR to adopt permanent revolution as some sort of policy?
As I see it, capitalism develops unevenly and revolution will only happen in one or a few countries initally (this has been the case historically and I don't see a reason it wouldn't be the case in the future). When the revolution succeeds in these countries it's incredibly important to defend the country from outside threats, as well as making sure the people have food on their tables and that the country isn't just falling apart. And then if revolution doesn't immediately take off in the rest of the world, what the fuck do you do? Obviously "the final victory of socialism" isn't possible in only one country, but I see no other option than building the best pseudo-socialism you can in the meantime. It will be imperfect and have all kinds of problems but what the fuck is the alternative?
And what's this bullshit about SioC being some Stalinist deviation that completely contradicts Lenin? "Socialism in one country" as we know it was developed by Stalin but it doesn't seem to really contradict much of what Lenin said.
“I know that there are, of course, sages who think they are very clever and even call themselves Socialists, who assert that power should not have been seized until the revolution had broken out in all countries. They do not suspect that by speaking in this way they are deserting the revolution and going over to the side of the bourgeoisie. To wait until the toiling classes bring about a revolution on an international scale means that everybody should stand stock-still in expectation. That is nonsense.”
“…when we are told that the victory of socialism is possible only on a world scale, we regard this merely as an attempt, a particularly hopeless attempt, on the part of the bourgeoisie and its voluntary and involuntary supporters to distort the irrefutable truth. The ‘final’ victory of socialism in a single country is of course impossible.”
“A United States of the World (not of Europe alone) is the state form of the unification and freedom of nations which we associate with socialism—about the total disappearance of the state, including the democratic. As a separate slogan, however, the slogan of a United States of the World would hardly be a correct one, first, because it merges with socialism; second, because it may be wrongly interpreted to mean that the victory of socialism in a single country is impossible, and it may also create misconceptions as to the relations of such a country to the others.”
“Uneven economic and political development is an absolute law of capitalism. Hence, the victory of socialism is possible first in several or even in one capitalist country, taken singly. The victorious proletariat of that country, having expropriated the capitalists and organised its own socialist production, would stand up against the rest of the world, the capitalist world, attracting to its cause the oppressed classes of other countries … A free union of nations in socialism is impossible without a more or less prolonged and stubborn struggle by the socialist republics against the backward states.”
‘The development of capitalism proceeds extremely unevenly in the various countries. It cannot be otherwise under the commodity production system. From this, it follows irrefutably that Socialism cannot achieve victory simultaneously in all countries. It will achieve victory first in one or several countries, while the others will remain bourgeois or pre-bourgeois for some time.'”