Posts Tagged ‘Marxism’

Breaking with the cold war consensus

Has today’s anti-Stalinist left sleepwalked into a Stalinoid conception of ‘Bolshevism’? This is an edited and expanded version of the speech delivered by Ben Lewis (CS executive & CPGB)  to the March 31-April 1 Platypus convention in Chicago. First published here.

I must begin by thanking Platypus for hosting this debate. It is a shame that Pham Binh cannot be … read this post

Correspondence with a Syrian socialist

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The Syrian left, like the left generally at the moment, is weak and marred by many of the problems familiar with the British left – reformism, nationalism, popular frontism etc.

Nonetheless, the left across the Arab world is beginning to organise and discuss the way forward. Syria is no exception, and communists worldwide can only welcome this extremely positive development. … read this post

Debating the republic and extreme democracy

CS executive member Ben Lewis reports on some interesting exchanges at the ‘Historical Materialism’ weekend

The eighth annual Historical Materialism conference held at the School of Oriental and African Studies last weekend was a genuine success, with four days rammed full of papers, plenaries and discussions. While it is hard to tell just how many attended over the four days, … read this post

CS Manchester meeting: Marxism, violence & armed struggle

What is the Marxist stance on violence? Is a peaceful  revolution against capitalism possible, or must all political power come from the ‘barrel of a gun’? And what do we make of the left-wing terrorists in the 1970’s, or today’s Black Block? Join Communist Students at our next public meeting to discuss these questions.

Public Meeting and Discussion

6.00 pm, … read this post

Republic and social democracy in France – Karl Kautsky

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For the first time in English[1], an extract from Karl Kautsky’s ‘Republic and social democracy in France’, translated by Ben Lewis

Karl Kautsky: former ‘pope’ of Marxism

The International Congress[2] has had an unexpected aftermath. Following a series of statements they made in Amsterdam, Bebel[3]and Guesde[4] have been accused of indifference to the republic, even of … read this post

Getting our priorities right – a statement on the LRC affiliation debate

Marx was right!

Below is a statement in response to the article by James Turley ‘Against the politics of purity‘ and the statement by Manchester comrades ‘No support for Labour – No support for the LRC‘. This is part of the debate in the lead up to our conference in March that will decide our perspectives for the year ahead.

It is important to … read this post

From Protest to Power

Leaflet distributed in Manchester today during the national day of protest against tuition fees and education cuts.

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