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Communist Review 81 Autumn 2016

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State Monopoly Capitalism, Ch 4, by Gretchen Binus, Beate Landefeld and Andreas Wehr

The New Life, by Hans Heinz Holz;

Space, Time and Dialectics, Part 2, by Martin Levy

1 October 1931 - The Battle of Bexley Square, by Evan Pritchard

Soul Food, by Mike Quille

 

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100 Years of Lenin’s Imperialism

CR81 AutumnCR81 Feature Article:100 Years of Lenin's Imperialism"

By Andrew Murray

The 100th anniversary of the writing – but not the publication – of Lenin’s Imperialism is an opportunity for a two-fold reflection – on Leninism, and on the capitalist world economy (or imperialism itself).

No political work stands outside its context, and this is particularly true of the writings of Lenin.  There is scarcely a significant work amongst his writings which was not immediately directed towards a political objective.  While Marx and Engels, in most of their major writings, and above all in Capital, could be said to be working for the general ideological edification of the developing working-class movement, to signposting its future, Lenin regarded this work as in the main accomplished by his great teachers.

Lenin never saw his mission as being deliberately refining – let alone revising – Marxism, but applying its principles to the political situation he was fighting in.  His goal was proletarian revolution, an event he expected to live to see, and there is nothing he wrote or did which was not directly and often quite immediately connected to that end.

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Editorial

CR81 Editorial

by Martin Levy

These are times of great opportunity, but also danger. In its draft resolution for the Communist Party’s 54th Congress, this November, the Party’s Executive Committee makes the point clearly:

“Britain is seeing dramatic political change as the ruling class offensive is increasingly and more confidently challenged …. This struggle has now reached the stage in which each side, out of necessity, must either inflict a major defeat on the other or itself be defeated. The outcome will determine the nature of society in Britain for decades to come ….”

The success of the ‘Brexit’ vote was a severe setback for the dominant finance capitalist sector of the ruling class. They suffered a further blow with Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour Party leader. But the labour movement, hampered by its former majority support for the EU, and by the divisions exemplified in the Labour leadership contest, was unable to capitalise on the Tories’ disarray following the referendum. Indeed the Tories were given breathing space to rebuild unity around a new reactionary, xenophobic strategy, presenting themselves, mind-bogglingly, as “the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.”ii

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  • Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of.
    Bertholt Brecht Playwright and Poet (1898-1956)
  • Man's dearest possession is life. It is given to him but once, and he must live it so that, dying he might say: all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world—the fight for the Liberation of Mankind.
    Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky Author (1904 –1936)
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