M-TH: CPGB archives

1999-10-29 Thread J.WALKER
Just a quick question. Does anyone know where the old-CPGB (not the Leninist) archives are now held? If they are in the Marx Memorial Library is it still under refurbishment? It is not for me much as I would like to have the time to study them, but a friend writing a dissertation on the

Re: M-TH: Cyber-communism

1999-10-29 Thread J.WALKER
Russell wrote: Have any Thaxians aware of Ricahrd Barbrook and the Hypermedia Research Centre's debates with Wired Magazine? Interesting stuff @ http://www.hrc.wmin.ac.uk/ma.theory.4.db Looking at the first bit of 'Cyber-Communism' all i can say is that I could not find one bit I could

Re: M-TH: Re:A new regular feature in LM magazine

1999-11-01 Thread J.WALKER
Simon Wrote in reply yo me: I sometimes think that if there are enough Trotskyist splinters they will make a whole crucifix :-) The whoke point about the Split from the IS was as a break from Trotskyism (I think the IMG was also Trotskyist but I amd not absolutely positive). I am also not

M-TH: Whither the Family

1999-11-01 Thread J.WALKER
As I said I would deal with your points on the family spearately I origionally wrote: What I actually said was that 'point of the family in bourgeois society should IDEALLY be one that puts up with the worker's long hours and difficult conditions and to selflessly (and at little or no

Re: M-TH: Re:A new regular feature in LM magazine

1999-11-03 Thread J.WALKER
Simon, I would greatly enjoy a serious debate but I just wasn't clear if it was your own particular conviction as it appears in your first reply or a party position in the making as it appears in the second. And in either case it was not clear to me what you thought was new in such a

Re: M-TH: Whither the Family

1999-11-03 Thread J.WALKER
Simon wrote: I would agree with you that communal living is far cheaper for the reproduction of labour than individual consumption. But we were talking about the family, which is effectively communal living minus. Did you mean to add anything to this sentence 'minus.' what? If communal

M-TH: Re: A new regular feature in LM magazine

1999-01-02 Thread J.WALKER
Simon wrote: Didn't realise it was mainstream. I've had to fight tooth and nail for it I don't think I said it was mainstream, as classical (or orthodox) Marxism is hardly mainstream on the left. I just meant that it was quite close in many part to what Marx and Engels were fighting tooth

Re: M-TH: Re: British left and intelligence agencies thread

1999-01-02 Thread J.WALKER
Michael Pugliese wrote: Can Chris Burford expand on this magazine and it's project for us Yanks, along with the other fragments of the post-split CPGB into Democratic Left, Morning Star and other fractions and factions and tendencies? I'm afraid

Re: M-TH: Re: British left and intelligence agencies thread

1999-01-03 Thread J.WALKER
Chris wrote: I think the New Communist Party split off in support of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The New Communist Party has a web site and are sort of Brezhnev socialists. And they have been quite active recently with the strong support for the Yugoslavian Communist Party.

Re: M-TH: Cars in the drive

1999-01-03 Thread J.WALKER
Russell, I was pointing out that there was an appear ance and a political practice which points to an underlying economic basis, which I felt was in need of investigation, when looking at the make up of proletariat. I did not say that a home, a car and some saving made someone wealthy but

Re: M-TH: Whither the Family

1999-11-10 Thread J.WALKER
Simon wrote (before the discussion was side-lined slightly): In general, the family is communal living which is resistant to mass production, a bit like reproducing labour in a series of small factory lots rather than one big factory. But if by mass production you are trying to indicate that

Re: M-TH: Whither the Family

1999-11-11 Thread J.WALKER
Chris wrote I think I agree with much of the thrust of the posts by John and Simon. If I understand them correctly they are both criticising the social and psychological effects of capitalism. I think this is a very important area of criticism of late capitalist society, and is essential for

Re: M-TH: Meszaros article: Communism Is No Utopia

1999-11-24 Thread J.WALKER
Meszaros says that communism concerns control and asks: what sort of control? In the past it was assumed that political control would do It was not political control that was at the heart of Communism but the control of the means of poduction, short and simple. Communism is effectively about

M-TH: The fall of the CPGB

1999-11-24 Thread J.WALKER
I found a couple of links for the article on the history of the CPGB and its various divisions since the winding up of the official organisation in 1991. The link to the Marxist Leninist List is: http://www.eGroups.com/group/marxist-leninist-list/4119.html The original document can also be

M-TH: Red Ken or plain old Labour

1999-11-25 Thread J.WALKER
Dear all, I was wondering what others here thought of the issue of Ken Livingstone standing for Mayor of London. He has made it quite clear that he would want to work with the City of London Stock Market and although he has made some concessions to his old Left allies on the Underground

Re: M-TH: Re:LOV, butterflies and babies

1999-11-26 Thread J.WALKER
Simon, I was fascinated to read your comment: Please, not imperialism. Capitalism. Well, I had no idea that there were socialists of any sort who actually opposed the word Imperialism entirely. It is hardly a Leninist term as the the nice Mr. Hobson was a staunch Liberal. Unless you are

Re: M-TH: Meszaros article: Communism Is No Utopia

1999-11-26 Thread J.WALKER
Going back to the original article Meszaros says: freedom is not something that simply falls out of the sky and hits us, and then everything is all right. It is a very complex social transformation, and at the same time involves a certain conception of humanity and its conditions of

Re: M-TH: Re:LOV, butterflies and babies

1999-11-30 Thread J.WALKER
Hello Simon, When you write: that imperialism is (arguably) the current international capitalist relationship does not mean that our definition of capitalism is somehow inadequate What is the relationship between the two part of the sentance as they do not seem to logicall follow. Surely a

Re: M-TH: China and LOV

1999-12-02 Thread J.WALKER
Thanks Dave, I haven't really been reading much of this thread I'm afraid but reading your reply here I counldn't help but agree with every word. I thought I would just say (for the record!) John Simon shows all the signs of evolutionary menshevik thinking. Because for him the LOV is

Re: M-TH: Every word?

1999-12-02 Thread J.WALKER
Hugh, This is a bit unfair as I was trying to be generally complementary. Though I am not exactly sure how you can presume on what basis I would disagree. I must be SO obvious! :) Including this too? But the reality is that in this whole century capitalism has been objectively ripe for

Re: M-TH: Re: Meszaros article

1999-12-03 Thread J.WALKER
Ian you wrote that: the official verdict of the CCP that Stalin was 70% correct and 30% wrong is far too kind.There is a good evaluation of internal CPSU evidence in *New Left Review* The official verdict or the evaluation of the CPSU evidence is hardly an arbiter of any view on the subject.

Re: M-TH: Historical vs Dialectical materialism.

1999-12-09 Thread J.WALKER
Dear all Just been of for a few days (using up the sick leave!) and your all back to Dialectical Materialism. It clear must be a significant issue. I haven't read all the messages but Chris' substantial reply of 7/12/99 (23:24) seemed to sum up my position most clearly. It is NOT possible

Re: M-TH: Longer version of paper for women's liberation

1999-12-10 Thread J.WALKER
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 17:11:04 -0500 From: "Charles Brown" [EMAIL PROTECTED] To:[EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: M-TH: Longer version of paper for women's liberation Reply-to: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Re: M-TH: Longer version of paper for women's liberation

1999-12-10 Thread J.WALKER
Dear all, Apologies for resending the last post from a couple of days ago! I'm afraid I can never read certain comrade's messages as their are no line breaks in their replies (althought the text they are commenting on is fine). Therefore I have to reply and break it with carriage returns. I

Re: M-TH: Fwd: LM COMMENTARY: The problem with anti-capitalist d

1999-12-10 Thread J.WALKER
Hi Russ, I'm all for the romance of revolution and there's plenty of the old and new romantic about me, but when Romanticism itself gets crawls forth in Turtle garb, well then I maintain the right to exclaim that this ain't no disco, this ain't no party... I am not sure what the actual

Re: M-TH: Ali BBC sportsperson of the century

1999-12-13 Thread J.WALKER
Chris actually wrote that: One of the problems of a Gramscian concept of revolutionary change in a developed capitalist society it what individual changes are significant, however small. If Mohammad Ali was voted Sports personality of the century is really such a revolutionary change odd

Re: M-TH: Historical vs Dialectical materialism.

1999-12-13 Thread J.WALKER
Hi again, IMO comrades - who are outraged at the economic system they find themselves in; who are morally offended by the massive poverty which sits unpleasantly next to the exclusivity of the great wealth of society - are drawn to Marxism as one amongst a number of possible solutions to this

Re: M-TH: Historical vs Dialectical materialism.

1999-12-14 Thread J.WALKER
Chris, As I work in the university library I have tried to find some of the papers of Schorlemmer but I have not suceeded in locating anything of interest. I have looked through all his published works in English but do not know enough about chenistry to spot the interesting bits. All the

Re: M-TH: Historical vs Dialectical materialism.

1999-12-16 Thread J.WALKER
Lew [EMAIL PROTECTED] asked again, 'So now we can be told the relevance of dialectical materialism ...' You clearly haven't got the point of my differentiation between radical agitational politics and scientific socialism. From the point of view of utopian socialism then you are absolutely

Re: M-TH: Re: Ali BBC sportsperson of the century

1999-12-17 Thread J.WALKER
Hugh wanted to: get a bit of Marxist method into this discussion. Before giving a potted history of the 1950-1970s he declared that: John W is saying that as long as the bourgeoisie is in power, nothing that happens indicates any revolutionary pressure. Did I say that? I think what I was

Re: M-TH: Re: Vote for Karl Marx!

1999-12-17 Thread J.WALKER
"Real" Marxists would instead be trying to bump Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King up higher, along with Marx, and help keep Gandhi where he is. No offense to Mandela, King or Gandhi Why not offend them? They are hardly great working class revolutionaries. I'd rather have Marx on his

Re: M-TH: Re: Vote for Karl Marx!

1999-12-21 Thread J.WALKER
George Pennefather asked: How do you mean that Ghandi did not keep to his own principles of non-violence. He not only gave his full backing to the British war effort in the 1st Imperialist War (1914-19) but also calling on young Indians to follow his reactionary lead telling them to 'think

Re: M-TH: Ali BBC sportsperson of the century

1999-12-21 Thread J.WALKER
Chris replied: I agree there are reservations about boxing. It is dangerous. I don't actually remember mentioning its danger to the health of boxers as a reason to oppose it (perhaps CB did). If people want to beat each other to a pulp then IM(liberal)O they are in most circumstances

Re: M-TH: Re: Vote for Karl Marx!

1999-12-22 Thread J.WALKER
George, Although I remember the fact of Ghandi's reactionary background from a meeting on the Indian Independence struggle and other sources I read some time ago, most of the quotes I gave come from Palme Dutt's 'India To-Day' published by Left Book Club/Gollancz in 1940. It is well worth

M-TH: Rajani Palme Dutt

1999-12-23 Thread J.WALKER
George, He died in 1974 after sixty years at the heart of the British communist movement. In fact the 20th December marked the 25th anniversary of his death (and as he must have been born at the turn of the century it must be close to the 100th anniversary of his birth - perhaps a better

Re: M-TH: Ali BBC sportsperson of the century

2000-01-05 Thread J.WALKER
Hello all, I'm afraid I have reconnected to a computer now, so to skip back a week or so, Chris wrote: An awareness of class and national oppression is absorbed in childhood. A child notices whether their mother or father is treated with respect and by whom ... Much of this is

Re: M-TH: Re: Millennial greetings

2000-01-05 Thread J.WALKER
Hugh, I cannot help but agree with George. The only sense in which socialism has any relation to millennia is that in a few years time we could celebrate the setting up of the communist societies by early Christian radicals (Christian Gnostics if I remember correctly). There is nothing

Re: M-TH: Liberalsim and Socialism today

2000-01-06 Thread J.WALKER
Rob, Just to pick up on your response to Neil Doug (whose post I haven't read all of, so I hope I am not repeating anything already said) I think that there is a difference between true left Liberalism (with a capital L) and Socialism (again with a capital). As someone whose partner is a

Re: M-TH: Re: Gramsci on the State

2000-01-13 Thread J.WALKER
Hello all, Everyone seems to be very quiet at the moment leaving Chris and Hugh to fight it out among themselves (and my posts received no replies either). Perhaps this list has moved from theory into practice and so their are only the inactive ones left ! (N.B. That was a joke) Well Chris

Re: M-TH: Gramsci on the State

2000-01-18 Thread J.WALKER
Hi all (though ALL at the moment doesn't seem to be many!), David B wrote in relation to Gramski's theory that it was the: doctrine that revolution is evolution and will only take place when all the objective pre-conditions are present - namely a fully developed working class (and culture)

Re: M-TH: Re: Gramsci on the State

2000-01-18 Thread J.WALKER
Chris, You seem to have come to a point of stalemate as to in what way Gramsci is or is not a revisionist, but IMO both side have offered little evidence from which anyone, who is not well versed in Gramsci-ism, could come to a reasoned conclusion either way. On the basis of clarification

Re: M-TH: Idealist discussion of quantum theory

2000-01-26 Thread J.WALKER
Chris, What exactly is you concern? I have only briefly glanced through the article and the review a few pages earlier. Does your possible objection lie in the fact that the experiment would appear to bolster Schrodinger's thought experiment (I am personally rather hostile to thought

Re: M-TH: Re: Gramsci on the State

2000-01-20 Thread J.WALKER
Chris wrote: Gramsci is not a revisionist. A revisionist means a Marxist pariah, with a label hung round his neck. That is hardly a technical definition of the word. Your right, it is often just used as a means of abuse but there again one of your claims was that Gramsci was misused. In my

M-TH: Monthy Review - friend or foe

2000-03-01 Thread J.WALKER
Comrades, Just thought I would forward this to the list. Does anyone know whether Ellen Wood is the ideal person to be editing the Monthly Review or if the board was right in removing her to make way for someone more radical. John Date sent:Tue, 29 Feb 2000 15:38:12 +

Re: M-TH: Livingstone stands in London

2000-03-14 Thread J.WALKER
Hugh: It's a question of a movement being built around Livingstone's candidacy gather behind it all the popular disaffection and hatred for New Labour's neo-liberal Tory policies I am always amazed at the left's dogged support for the pro-Imperialist, pro-Capitalist, Opporunist, racist

M-TH: (Fwd) re:Livingstone

2000-03-14 Thread J.WALKER
This was in the letters page of last week's Weekly Worker (I hope neither the paper or comrade Biddulph mine my circulating it). I thought it might be useful as it is a first hand account of what is going on in London. JohnWalker --- Forwarded Message Follows --- LSA and Livingstone

M-TH: Gay magazine censored by NetBenef

2000-03-30 Thread J.WALKER
I thought this may be of interest to any Left group which has a web page hosted by a commercial company. John Walker --- Forwarded Message Follows --- To:[EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED] Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 14:38:22 +0100 From:

Re: M-TH: Gay magazine censored by NetBenef

2000-04-17 Thread J.WALKER
Comrades, As a follow-up to an earlier posting I forwarded about internet censorship at the end of March. John Walker X-Envelope-To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] From: "Outcast Magazine" [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: "Outcast Magazine" [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: 'Net Libel' law to be challenged in Europe Date:

Re: M-TH: Putative about Putin

2000-04-18 Thread J.WALKER
Chris wrote: I think it is more an attempt to forge a special relationship with Blair in which they are using each other. Putin is a creature created by the oligarch media owners in Russia. He has been well advised by media specialists about how to manage his image. They have clearly

M-TH: (Fwd) policing strategy?

2000-05-02 Thread J.WALKER
Thought this might be of interest relating to the May Day anti-capitalist demonstrations in London. Equally up here in Manchester an enormous number of horses and police vans were deployed all over the city centre to deal with around a matter of 100s of people. Also I notice on the national

M-TH: Workers Power on the London Elections (1)

2000-05-04 Thread J.WALKER
*Workers Power* (March 2000) pp.2 14. Who having called for a vote for Labour in 1997 admit: 'Parliamentary and council politics are, at the best of times, a sham. The GLA will have fewer powers than most parish councils. Which seems to be contradicted by: 'Workers Power will make the GLA a

M-TH: Socialist Outlook on the London Election

2000-05-04 Thread J.WALKER
*Socialist Outlook* May, p.3 'A Livingstone victory will be a key defeat for Blairism' 'Combined by a serious vote for the London Socialist Allaince' 'LSA supporter should be pleased so long as it establishes itself as the clear fifth force in this election' [the fifth! - jw] 'Support for

M-TH: Workers Power on the London Elections (2)

2000-05-04 Thread J.WALKER
*Workers Power*, May, p.15 Quoting Livingstone's biographer Carvel, that in the great battles of the GLC he did 'not mobilise the people who were most effected by the Lord's judgement [on cheap travel fares]: the poor, the unemployed and the housebound.' 'He refused to call for industrial action

M-TH: Morning Star on London Elections

2000-05-04 Thread J.WALKER
They are not supporting the LSA but their position though more bizaar is still similar in struggling to react to the situation. *Morning Star* 29.3.2000. - the CPB opposes mayors - wanted Livingstone to stay in the Labour Party - the CPB supports a vote for Ken Livingstone as Mayor 'Socialist

M-TH: London Election - Left in a mess

2000-05-04 Thread J.WALKER
Dear comrades, I have been quietly reading the Left press in relation to the London Election and Ken Livingstone London's Mayoral candidate which is happening today. A large section of the Trotskyist Left and the Marxist Leninist CPGB are backing Ken Livingstone and have gathered themselves

Re: M-TH: London Election - Left in a mess

2000-05-05 Thread J.WALKER
Chris replied: Proportional voting and tactical voting are becoming more important here. Although there are delays in the London counting, one result tonight shows massive tactical voting got the Conservative MP out in a Parliamentary by-election, with Labour voters switching to Liberal

Re: M-TH: London Election - Left in a mess

2000-05-05 Thread J.WALKER
David wrote: Turnout in elections is certainly falling and will probably fall further at the next general election, but IMHO this represents not a rejection of the 'parliamentary road' than a rejection of the possibility of any kind of change. Yes I agree. I may actively abstain from

Re: M-TH: Socialist Outlook on the London Election

2000-05-08 Thread J.WALKER
. (Unless he is an anarchist or council communist, that I can respect more!) Michael Pugliese - Original Message - From: J.WALKER [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2000 8:20 AM Subject: M-TH:

Re: M-TH: London Election - Left in a mess

2000-05-08 Thread J.WALKER
Chris said that he we are going to have to learn how to use this proportional electoral system I predict over the next ten years a group will emerge that will put a more radical reasonably-coherent reformist position. I think the LSA already had put a radical reasonably-coherent reformist

Re: M-TH: List problems

2000-05-15 Thread J.WALKER
David, So am I. Though they all appear to be on the same subject, but that might just be a coincidence. But out of interest why are you subscribed twice? To increase the number of subscribers? John Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 14:42:50 +0100 (BST) From: David Welch [EMAIL

M-TH: (Fwd) Last Magazine, from the people who brought you LM

2000-06-26 Thread J.WALKER
They're Not Stopping. Last Magazine - I wonder how long they can remain quiet, I doubt Mike Hume will being going into early retirement just yet. --- Forwarded Message Follows --- Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 17:55:23 +0100 To:[EMAIL PROTECTED] (Brendan O'Neill) From:

M-TH: paragraph on Balkans

1999-05-18 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
In response to Rob, my expaination would be that with the collapse of the socialist bloc, and the catastophic effects of capitalism on Russia, Imperialism (in the dual guise NATO the EU) is attempting to pick off all of Russia's neighbours before it has chance to recover. Yugoslavia was the

M-TH: Re: paragraph on Balkans

1999-05-20 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Just a BRIEF reply to Dave's reply to Rob. Without wanting to sound too sectarian there were a few points in the repy which don't seem to make much sense to me. The arguement appears to be that we should defend Yugoslavia as well as supporting the right of Kosovars to defend themselves. Rob's

M-TH: re: Paragraph on Balkans

1999-05-25 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Steve, Thanks for the info. on London. Up here, in Manchester, Workers Power are the only active Marxist organisation (I'm not sure if Socialist Outlook is Marxist) which is campaigning hard and vosiferously for the K.L.A. Regards John Walker N.B. I have not even seen WorkersFIGHT on sale

M-TH: The EU the Balkans

1999-05-25 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Everyone's reply to my 'Paragraph on the Balkans' was quite interesting even if it was longer than a short paragraph on your view of the situation. I6t would be much more useful to have a brief note on what everyone's position is (both theoretically and in their propaganda), who you do and

Re: M-TH: Re: Paragraph on Balkans

1999-05-28 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Chris, I think you might want to note that this list is aimed at MARXISTS not left reformists (to whom I would hope it would be opposed!) and the Guardian has never been Marxist. In fact it was set up as a Liberal paper and is still funded by the, politically Liberal, Scott Trust (named

M-TH: Marx on GOLD

1999-06-04 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
To readers of Das Kapital, Here is a theoretical question on Marx's most important work which I hope someone can help me with. There is a group of us here in Manchester slowly going through Das Kapital and although we can get to grips with most of the first few chapters, one problenm we

Re: M-TH: Marx on GOLD

1999-06-07 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Thanks for all your replies but now I am completely confused. How can money - as the universal measure of value - function if it does not itself have any value? If value is determined by the labour time necessary for its production. Obviously gold need not be used money of account or the

Re: M-TH: Marx on GOLD

1999-06-08 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Doug, You seem not to be offering any cogent argument in favour of you more radical view except to throw none explanatory insults at other list members. This doesn't really help me in my simple inquiry. Your only point appears to be that Marx's C-M-C is now only C-pretend M-C. I understand

M-TH: Marx's GOLD

1999-06-08 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Dear all, If you could slow down this debate slightly, please can anyone tell me if in Marx's own day what the relation between the amount of gold in the economy and the amount of other commodies being exchanged was. Was there (at that time) enough gold he;d to honour all the transactions?

M-TH: Aveling on GOLD

1999-06-08 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
One problem with the Gold question I raised appears to me to be a confusion about which function of money each person is referring to. In his 'Student's Marx' Edward Aveling's commentary to Pt. 1, Ch.III, sect 3, he notes six functions of money in the home sphere: 1. Measure of Value 2.

M-TH: Doug on GOLD

1999-06-09 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Doug (who seems to have a view opposed by all the other Marxist on the list) wrote: There was a tie to gold under Bretton Woods. Currencies were defined relative to the US$, and US$1 was defined as 1/35 oz. of gold. This arrangement ended in the early 1970s, and currencies were allowed to

M-TH: Re: NATO wins

1999-06-11 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Dear Neil, One doesn't have to believe that Yugo, China and Russia are 'Worker's States' to know that a scramble for the ex-communist states is being mounted by imperialism. And that the further advances of capital into these countries is not in the interests of the working class

Re: M-TH: Re: NATO wins, state caps basics

1999-06-11 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Trotskyism never defended the Stalinist regimes of these degenerated (USSR), revolutionary but deformed (Yugoslavia, Vietnam, China, Cuba) and deformed workers states. It characterized them as counter-revolutionary regimes and the implacable enemies of the world working class. Which has been

M-TH: Tragedy and farce

1999-06-23 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
I thought that the front page report in The Independent (UK) this week might be of interest: Serb Army 'Unscathed by NATO' Robert Fisk, Belgrade Nato killed far more Serb civilians than soldiers during its 11-week bombardment of the country and most of the Yugoslav Third Army emerged

M-TH: Re: Living Marxism and over-accumulation

1999-07-29 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Comrades, Sorry I'm a bit confused by all this over-accumulation and under- consumption debate (as my earlier unresolved Gold question revealed I haven't got far through Book I of Capital, never mind Book III !). So it would be useful to know what exactly the old RCP/now LM were actually

Re: M-TH: dialectical materialism

1999-08-04 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Jeremy wrote: Precisely what is the nature of dialectical materialism? I have seen descriptions of it as a method, theory, doctrine and philosophy. All of those desciptions are correct. Dialectical materialism (diamat as they called it in the USSR) is a philosophy with a theory of the natural

M-TH: Re: M-TH Republican Movement GFA

1999-08-04 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Comrades, In my opinion as someone from Britain, the Republican movement though now far from it revolutionary arder of previous years is still the legitimate voice of the national liberation struggle against British Imperialism. It might not have the aims we might like, it may have made

Re: M-TH: Re: dialectical materialism/activist materialism

1999-08-13 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Why should we, as socialists or Marxists, adopt such a perspective? In what way does it contribute to the struggle for socialism? Lew Lew, The importance of dialectical materialism to the struggle for socialism is in my opinion twofold. First, people like Engles wanted to appeal to the

Re: M-TH: A plea

1999-08-25 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
Rob, One of the great fears about asking a question is to have too many too long replies. So can I ask the most difficult question which merits the lengthist of answers BUT to ask for only a *brief* reply. The question is: What are we waiting for? What do comrades consider is the MOST

Re: M-TH: Fw: A new regular feature in LM magazine

1999-10-28 Thread J.WALKER, ILL
George, Surely this cannot be a serious column. Not only is the format, of Furedi as agony aunt simply bizare, but the politics that lie behind it (which is the real point) are beyond comprehension. That we live in a world where one can wander up to the employer and quietly explain that it