Vladimir Lenin

The democracy of others

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Martin Thomas

“No-one combats freedom; at most they combat the freedom of others”, wrote Karl Marx sarcastically, in an article defending the freedom of the press. For a long time now, in politics, “democracy” has had the same status.

In the turmoil around the revolutions of 1848 Engels and Marx came to understand that a formal, merely-political democracy was possible, which would preserve the rule of profiteers and of profit in economic life.

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Learning from the three Ls

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Hal Draper

It was once a tradition for revolutionary socialists to mark every January by remembering the life and work of Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. In this 1949 article, the US socialist Hal Draper discusses the relevance of the socialism of “3Ls” for the German working class, then under the yoke of imperialist occupation, and for the American working class facing a war-mongering ruling class.

In this 1949 article, the US socialist Hal Draper discusses the relevance of the socialism of “3Ls” for the German working class.

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The myth of Bolshevik "shock doctrine"

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Martin Thomas

Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine is a left-wing book, an indictment of neoliberalism. She argues that to impose neoliberal economic doctrine, governments impose political "shock" tactics - from military coup and mass murder in Chile to milder forms of atomising the population, in Britain under Thatcher - in order to break social connections and norms.

Old Tory myths about Leninist tactics being to foment economic chaos within capitalism, the better to foist our preconceived plans on a bewildered populace, have now been taken up by left-wingers.

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What is Leninism?

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Leon Trotsky

From The New Course, 1923

Leninism cannot be conceived of without theoretical breadth, without a critical analysis of the material bases of the political process. The weapon of Marxian investigation must be constantly sharpened and applied. It is precisely in this that tradition consists, and not in the substitution of a formal reference or of an accidental quotation.

Least of all can Leninism be reconciled with ideological superficialty and theoretical slovenliness.

From The New Course, 1923.

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Priests Who Don't Believe in God? (1993)

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Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God! — would, I thought, as my eye first flicked over the programme page, be a satire or a skit.

But no, it was a serious edition of Joan Bakewell's "Heart of the Matter", provoked by the case of a Church of England priest, Anthony Freeman, unfrocked for publishing a book explaining why he no longer believes in God.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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Must The Priest Believe in God?

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Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God!
— would, I thought, as my eye first
flicked over the programme page, be a satire
or a skit.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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