Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/800/18219

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 February 2014

Marxism in Today's World

Andrew Price, Cardiff Socialist Party

This Christmas, one of my presents was the book Marxism in Today's World by Peter Taaffe. This is an extended interview originally given in 2003 to an Italian Marxist, on the politics of the Socialist Party, the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) and the Socialist's forerunner, 'Militant', with additional comments from Bob Labi of the CWI.

Peter Taaffe, Bob Labi and I all became Trotskyists in the 1960s; I first joined Militant in 1968. In fact, a decisive factor in my joining was Peter's capacity to explain some of the complex ideas of Marxism in a way working class men and women could understand.

In 1969, I was elected as Welsh representative on the National Committee of the Labour Party Young Socialists, and later, when Marxists became a majority of the Committee, I became National Vice-chairperson of the organisation while Bob Labi (the London representative) became editor of the LPYS newspaper (then known as 'Left').

'Marxism in Today's World' is divided into the following sections: 9/11 and after; the world situation; the Middle East; Ireland and the National Question; the Permanent Revolution today; Russia, Eastern Europe and State Capitalism; China; the history of the Militant and the CWI.

I am unable to make detailed comments on most of these sections except to say that there is important commentary on a difficult period from roughly 1985 to 1995, a period that saw the defeat of the miners' strike of 1984-85, the collapse of Stalinism across Eastern Europe, and the Labour Party's shift to the right.

Some chose to deny social reality and remained within the Labour Party, deluding themselves and a few others that things had not fundamentally changed.

Some of these went on to pursue Parliamentary ambitions that some of them probably had when they described themselves as Marxists.

Some, including Peter, me and many others, were expelled from the Labour Party, helped to establish Militant Labour and remain today as members of the Socialist Party and the CWI.

I hope every member of the Socialist Party and the CWI reads Marxism in Today's World, including young comrades not even born when many of the events analysed took place.

To work properly as a party member in today's world you need to understand how we have cherished and defended at each stage our most important legacy: the ideas of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky.

Buy this book, read it, organise branch meetings around it and help develop your own political understanding to the point where you can play a decisive role in ridding the world of the scourge of capitalism.

Marxism in Today's World

by Peter Taaffe

Just 8 plus P&P

Available from Socialist Books

PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD

020 8988 8789

www.socialistbooks.org.uk

bookshop@socialistparty.org.uk

Please make cheques payable to Socialist Books

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 26 February 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Stop cuts carnage

End housing crisis: Rich landlords are real scroungers

Floods show planning and investment needed

Tony Blair: The not-so-secret adviser to the rich

Them and us


Socialist Party feature

Great 1984-85 miners' strike remembered


International socialist news and analysis

President ousted: what next for Ukraine?

Venezuela: Chavism and the Right call for 'peace'


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS enters Scotland independence debate

Hospital workers fight for fair pay

Striking seafarers make gains

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

'Welfare reform' - an avalanche of misery

Atos - not capable of assessing work capability

Budget bloodbaths show TUSC needed

Nuneaton students demand proper wages and hours

Appeal: Help Socialist Party offer real alternative


Readers' comments and reviews

Genetic modification: A means of making profit

Wales: A Land of Whose Fathers?

Marxism in Today's World

Film review: The Lego Movie


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 February 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Socialist Books:

triangleStriking analysis in heat of 1917 will deepen any reader's understanding

triangleNew ebook: Liverpool A City That Dared To Fight

triangleLessons of October new edition out now!

triangleTrotsky's "insightful and frank examination" of revolution out soon

triangleTense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Marxism:

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: One big union? Marxism and syndicalism

triangle200 years of Marxism meeting

triangleManchester Socialist Students: 200 years of Marxism

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Catalonia, Scotland and Wales

Socialist:

triangleSchool strike forces head to say privatisation will stop

triangleSheffield Socialist Party May Day meeting

Labour:

triangleRMT Labour Party affiliation debate - where do socialists stand?

CWI:

triangleWorkers' protests against state repression in China and Hong Kong

Militant:

triangleCorbyn didn't collaborate with Stalinism - but with Trotskyists against it

Peter Taaffe:

triangleObituary: Maureen Mulhearn 1945-2018

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

18/4/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

18/4/18

Film

Vital depiction of fight for Aids prevention and treatment

11/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist inbox

11/4/18

Sexism

Moving look at school students' many perspectives on sexism

11/4/18

Trotsky

Striking analysis in heat of 1917 will deepen any reader's understanding

4/4/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

4/4/18

Obituary

Obituary: Lorraine Dardis (1965-2018)

21/3/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

21/3/18

Obituary

Revolutionary physicist and champion of social causes

14/3/18

Falklands

Gripping spy thriller exposes hypocrisy of Falklands/Malvinas war

14/3/18

The Socialist

International Women's Day

7/3/18

Sexual harassment

Fighting sexual harassment in entertainment

7/3/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

7/3/18

Women

The Socialist inbox: International Women's Day

28/2/18

Kingston

Socialist anti-war exhibition opens in Kingston

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999