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RedBedHead: Deflected Marxism: The Poison Of The Intelligentsia

I was thinking recently of an apocryphal story that was told to me many years ago as I sat in a dank basement drinking from a keg of beer. Apparently Lenin was listening to Beethoven with the Russian novelist Gorky and commented something along the lines: “ah, the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia. Sometimes they produce such beauty . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Deflected Marxism: The Poison Of The Intelligentsia

RedBedHead: Deflected Marxism: The Poison Of The Intelligentsia

I was thinking recently of an apocryphal story that was told to me many years ago as I sat in a dank basement drinking from a keg of beer. Apparently Lenin was listening to Beethoven with the Russian novelist Gorky and commented something along the lines: “ah, the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia. Sometimes they produce such beauty that one wants to reach out and pat them on the head. But you . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Deflected Marxism: The Poison Of The Intelligentsia

RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

The tradition in the IST is to not intervene in the controversies and debates of other organizations. This was explained to me as a reaction against the practice amongst the early Trotskyists & within the Fourth International to involve every affiliated organization in the debates of every other national section. But, it was pointed out, . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

The tradition in the IST is to not intervene in the controversies and debates of other organizations. This was explained to me as a reaction against the practice amongst the early Trotskyists & within the Fourth International to involve every affil… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the international working class suffered a series of decisive defeats. This put to a halt and set in reverse the post-war tendency for living standards to rise and a more recent phenomenon of rising worker militancy. I… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the international working class suffered a series of decisive defeats. This put to a halt and set in reverse the post-war tendency for living standards to rise and a more recent phenomenon of rising worker militancy. It led to years of a downturn in struggle, the decimation of . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive