Social Democracy and the Paradox of the Vanguard: Rudolf Hilferding's Odyssey

Smaldone, William
Date Written:  1998-07-01
Publisher:  Against the Current, Michigan, USA
Year Published:  1998
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12890

THE NAZI SEIZURE of power in the winter of 1933 marked the total failure of the reformist project of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and brought about the party's virtual destruction. From exile in Prague and Paris, the defeated socialist leadership now had to grapple with the implications of this catastrophe for the party's strategy and form of organization. In the face of nazi barbarism, it was clear that the old legal methods would no longer suffice and that new ideas were needed to...

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