I had written a long ass reply to someone and when I tried to submit it, I got an error and lost the whole thing. Was so frustrating.
It was in this thread:
I thought it was a fluke so I spent a half hour re-writing my reply from memory, and got the error again. But this time I saved it first:
To become a socialist means to question years of anti-communist propaganda.
That's not enough. You need to question all propaganda, including that coming from authoritarian states masquarading as communist in order to placate the people that demanded revolution.
being a fuck up doesn't make you 'not a communist.' Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky all wrote too much theory and very much wanted a communist society. They believed the way to achieve this society is to have a transitional government with a vanguard
Stalin wasn't a communist. He was an opportunist that would have used whatever ideology was popular to seize power. I don't know how anyone can defend a dictator that sent queers, anarchists, etc to gulags or firing squads. That isn't communism.
Lenin, you could argue was acting in good faith, even if his methods were eventually proven to be ineffective. But after 100 years and countless failed vanguard-states, his modern-day followers don't have the same luxury of ignorance.
But I personally wouldn't defend Lenin since he was quick to alienate and then kill the people that actually fought the Feb revolution and otherwise dispose of every leftist that opposed his authoritarian stronghold.