Classical Marxism and the Question of Reformism
Publisher: International Socialism
Date Written: 26/06/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16525
A central issue for our movement is whether to work towards a complete revolutionary overturning of capitalism and the state that protects it, or rely on partial methods of struggle. This choice is obvious in places such as Egypt or Greece, but applies with equal force to Britain where defence of the welfare state and living standards can mean waiting for the next election or relying on self-activity from below. This article will focus on the response of Marxists during the first quarter of the 20th century to this question.