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August 21 2009 at 9:35 PM

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I think a lot of the problem lies with the taboo on new thinking that results from "revisionism" being a thought-crime. It means that all new lines, both original and unoriginal, have to be presented as rooted in the ideas of some unimpeachable authority. Gramsci served the purpose admirably for the Italians - communist, victim of fascism, thinker, and someone who had to use rather obscure language so that Mussolini's goons couldn't fathom what he was getting at. So the PCI's transition from Stalinised communist party to reformist social-democratic party took place partly under Gramscian cover. The bizarre thing is that the history of the socialist movement is littered with examples of parties that have made that same transition from their revolutionary roots to a reformist present. It is a perfectly natural evolution for any left-wing party of any size and influence in a stable capitalist society. Overall, I think it is far better if the process takes place openly and consciously, rather than in a fug of ideological sophistry.

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  • Reformist - Harsanyi_Janos on Aug 21, 2009, 11:23 PM
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