May 3, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — The above talk was presented in Zagreb, Croatia, at a conference organised by the Centre of Workers’ Studies. (More videos are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/SkriptaTV?feature=watch.)
A spectre is haunting the working class of Europe (both east and west) and the working class of developed capitalism in general. That spectre is the spectre of communism. For the working class, that frightful hobgoblin is a society of little freedom, a society of workers without power (in the workplace or community) and a society where decisions are made at the top by a vanguard party which views itself as the sole repository of truth. Of course, this was not what communism meant for Karl Marx and Frederick Engels nor, indeed, for Lenin.
But now in the 21st century, it is not the 19th century dream that the working class thinks about…
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