Religion, as defined by Marxism, is fantastic reality. Fantastic, not in the trite sense that the claims religion makes about existence are verifiably untrue, unreal or baseless, but in the sense that nature and society are reflected in exaggerated form, as leaping shadows, as symbols or inversions. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Jack Conrad
Jack Conrad, Remaking Europe (2004)
European unity is one of the biggest, most complex and bitterly contested political issues of the day – there are no easy ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers.
Europe is an enigma. We are told it is a nascent military threat and a guarantor against war; a wide field of struggle and a remote bureaucratic machine; a black hole of patronage, subsidy and corruption and a global haven of stability, enlightenment and rationality. Continue reading
Jack Conrad, Towards a Socialist Alliance Party (2001)
Some comrades in the Socialist Alliance say we should settle for a loose conglomeration of leftwing groups and local campaigns. Others wand a ‘relatively durable’ united front. For these comrades the word ‘party’, when it comes to the Socialist Alliance, is anathema. It is as if they were anarchists. Continue reading
Jack Conrad, In the Enemy Camp (1993)
Why do communists stand in elections? As Jack conrad’s book comprehensively shows, Marxists have always viewed parliamentary democracy as a sham. So why does the Communist Party of Great Britain – in the traditions of Lenin’s Communist International – think that standing in elections is ‘obligatory’? Does it stand for votes, for publicity or propaganda impact? Continue reading
Jack Conrad, Problems of Communist Organisation (1993)
“Party struggles lend a Party strength and vitality; the greatest proof of a Party’s weakness is its diffuseness and the blurring of clear demarcations; the Party becomes stronger by purging itself” (Lassalle to Marx, June 24 1952).
During the months July to September 1993 members of the Communist Party of Great Britain were involved in a fierce battle over the question of democratic centralism. A minority claimed the Party was dominated by a ‘bureaucratic clique’ that strangled initiative and was causing a creeping sclerosis of the entire organisation. Continue reading
Jack Conrad From October to August (1992) pp279
“The August 1991 counterrevolution unleashed an unprecedented barrage of bourgeois triumphalism. The bourgeoisie think they will now last forever. They want, they need to believe that they have beaten not simply this or that Communust Party, this or that revolution. No, they want to believe that the collapse of ‘official communism’ is the organisational expression of capitalism’s final victory over its own mortality. Continue reading
Jack Conrad, Which Road? (1991)
“Without a Communist Party, the working class can never liberate itself. And without a communist programme, there can be no genuine Communist Party. The roots of the collapse of the bureaucratic socialist states of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and the liquidation of the ‘official’ world communist movement can be seen in those parties’ abandonment of marxism. This was a protracted process – a death by a thousand cuts. The collapse of ‘official communism’ is not the failure of Marxism, but of opportunism. Continue reading