The organisational nature of a Marxist ”revolutionary party” has to be shaped to what the Marxist party exists to do in the outside world. What, fundamentally, irreplaceably, does it do?
Party and class
The Trent House pub, 1 Leazes pub, NE1 4QT
Why do socialists use the term working class, who is working class and who does this term include.
Are unemployed part of the working class?
Is the term relevant today?
Is there a difference between what Marxists mean and what sociologicals mean by class or social group?
Should we just talk about "People"?
THis meeting organised by Workers Liberty Newcastle is part of an ongoing discussion on the left about how we organise, how we relate to other organisations such as unions, and the language we use.
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This is the third part of a review article looking at the themes of John Riddell’s new book of documents from the early communist movement.
Or read online below:
The SR Group 1950-5
SR and state capitalism
Cliff on Russia and China
SR and ISL
SR in the Labour left, late 1950s
SR and peace campaigning
The turn to “Luxemburgism”
From the Labour orientation to the shop stewards
“Linking the fragments” mid and late 1960s
1968: growth and demagogy
The dispute on Europe 1971
We can periodise IS, and the Socialist Review group which came before it, in the following fashion.
In 1920, the German workers' movement stood at a crossroads.
The explosion of political discussion in IS, ignited by the sudden change of line by Cliff in favour of building the embryo of a "revolutionary party" seemed six months ago to be the most hopeful thing on the British left. Many, seeing also the new-type IS positions on Vietnam and the Middle East — a radical break with the abstentionist attitude of the group to this kind of struggle in the first 15 years of its existence — wondered whether the leadership might not even disavow other aspects of its past.
To explain why Eric Hobsbawm backed Kinnock over the Labour left as “a pre-occupation with party over class” seems to me misleading (“The paradox of Hobsbawm’s legacy”, Solidarity 260).
Paul Levi (1883-1930) was one of the founders of the German Communist Party (KPD) and a powerful voice in the early Communist International.
Recent events on the Australian left will probably stir wide discussion among activists internationally as the news filters out.