Created: Wednesday, 17 February 2010 13:02
Written by Robert Clough
FRFI 146 December / January 1998 / 1999
Review: Marxism Today, Nov/Dec 1998 Special Issue, £3.50
As the world capitalist system stands on the precipice, ideologues of every description counsel its political leaders as to how they should act to prevent a global disaster, anti the social unrest it will bring. Amongst these are some members of the former Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), who after eight years have just republished its theoretical journal Marxism Today. Not that it has anything to do with Marxism: all it offers is a rehash of aged social democratic dogma, replete with appeals for governments to regulate the global financial markets, and to reduce the inequalities that have been a product of the last 20 years of neo-liberalism. Tired stuff indeed.
FRFI dealt with this trend many years ago (see ‘New Times, old opportunism’, FRFI 94), showing that their politics ‘codified the standpoint of a privileged stratum of the new petit bourgeoisie’ which sought not to destroy imperialism, but to pacify it. What has changed over the last eight years? Only that the contributors to Marxism Today Mark II are a wealthier, and more openly part of the ruling class, running chat shows on TV (David Aaronovich) or editing national newspapers (Will Hutton, The Observer, Martin Jacques, Independent deputy editor), or writing reglar newspaper columns (Suzanne Moore, Anatole Kaletsky), or even global strategies for insurance companies. Plus a few professors to lend a semblance of academic gravitas. Their role however is to act as a safety valve, transforming condemnation of the capitalist system into harmless criticism over its lesser aspects. While appearing to be radical opponents of New Labour, in reality they support it on anything that really matters.
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