A comradely critique of the ‘Communistisch Platform’

A comradely critique of the ‘Communistisch Platform’

Published below is a comradely critique from Jacob Richter of platform text of the ‘Communistisch Platform’, our comrades who run a website in Dutch. In this letter Jacob Richter felt it necessary to address some apparent shortcommings and questions some of the formulations of the platform:

The platform of the ‘Communistisch Platform’

The platform of the ‘Communistisch Platform’

In May 2014 comrades of the Marxist Center founded a magazine in the Dutch language: Komas (Compass). The magazine is build around a platform, which incidentally also bears the name of the group: Communistisch Platform. The group is a campaign to establish a party-movement. For ours readers we publish an English translation of the Communistisch Platform.

Interesting reads from elsewhere

Interesting reads from elsewhere

Under this heading we publish interesting reads and longreads from elsewhere. Currently: on the democratic legacy of pre-1917 Russian Marxism, the problems of monopolies of political ideas, and the revolutionary tactics of Engels. The articles presented do not form our opinion on the matter discussed. We present them for the purpose of discussion and education.

The economic republicanism of early bourgeois socialism

The economic republicanism of early bourgeois socialism

This article by JR is a commentary on “economic republicanism”, a political trend in the United States around the time of Lincoln. It intends to complement some writings from the Marxist Center about the democratic republic. Thomas’s recent article about the democratic republic for example lacks an explanation of the republican ideas of bourgeois socialism.

A small history of the democratic republic in the US

A small history of the democratic republic in the US

Marx and Engels referred to the United States as a democratic republic even though the United States of America almost never called itself a genuine democracy before the Second World War. Even now, the popular usage of the word democracy in the US is contested. Were Marx and Engels wrong? And what does “democratic republic”
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Is Engels’ “Conditions of the Working Class” still relevant today?

Is Engels’ “Conditions of the Working Class” still relevant today?

Marx’s Razor contributes a helpful look at Engels’ Condition of the English Working Class and its lessons for today. Friedrich Engels in 1839 It was in 1845 that Engels’ “Condition of the English Working Class” was published, and whilst it may not be applicable to Manchester today, parallels can certainly be drawn to modern China.
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The Tower of Bebel (part 3 of 3)

The Tower of Bebel (part 3 of 3)

While the Socialist International Congress in Brussels of 1891 was coming to a close, a small city nearby, famous for the development of its industries and socialist workers’ organisations, was preparing to welcome the delegates during their last days in Belgium. Proud as they were, the socialists from the city of Ghent did their best
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Missing the obvious

Missing the obvious

Our advise: Look for (new?) glasses J. Levi replies to Earl Gilman criticism that we apparently avoid the “dictatorship of the proletariat”… The letter exchange was published in the Weekly Worker on 5 September and 12 September and was originally a reply on Geary Middleton’s article that was published on the 29th of August.

The Tower of Bebel (part 2 of 3)

The Tower of Bebel (part 2 of 3)

Thomas continues with his three-part on Bebel and the congress of 1891 in Brussels. This is the second part of a three-part series on the influence of August Bebel and of German social democracy in general on the proceedings of the international socialist congress of 1891 1. We left off on Wednesday morning August 19, with
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Communist University: Learning to talk to each other

Communist University: Learning to talk to each other

Danny Hammill reports on the CPGB’s summer school where also a Marxist Center editorial board member was present. We can work it out For this year’s Communist University, the CPGB returned to the same pleasant south London venue – aviary and all. Of course, we call our pedagogical event a university quite deliberately. Not in
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Programme: A compass to liberation

Programme: A compass to liberation

Geary explains what Marxists understand under “programme”, why it matters and what differences there are. Marx and Engels took programme seriously This will be the first part of a series on the question of “programme”. I intent to write a three-part on this question. This will be an introduction. The second part will be an
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Hello world!

Hello world!

Geary introduces you to the project. We need a new mass party-movement This is the very first article of a new political and journalistic project. We are a loose writers collective with a common set of principles: First of all we owe you an explanation of who we are. This project flows from the “Orthodox
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Where is the class struggle in Egypt?

Where is the class struggle in Egypt?

Alex analyses the developments in Egypt of the last period and gives his vision on the way forward. President Morsi – History As the world’s largest importer of wheat, Egypt under Mubarak was in no unlikely position to experience unrest when the global market price of this vital resource and over-speculated commodity exploded from $157
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To Win the Battle of Democracy

To Win the Battle of Democracy

Levi explains the differences between the limited bourgeois concept of democracy and the genuine communist goal of gaining full democracy. Communist democracy? People have become increasingly fed-up with the political structure of society. The people want an end to the constant attack on them, most notably austerity measures. A demand which the state, in times
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The Tower of Bebel (part 1 of 3)

The Tower of Bebel (part 1 of 3)

Thomas is delving into the early history of the modern workers movement and one of its giants: August Bebel who today died exactly 100 years ago.  A giant of the workers movement The launch of this site marks the 100th aniversary of August Bebel’s death. Bebel was the leader of the German social democratic party
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