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North Korea: Capitalism in a Mao Suit

The global system of capitalism takes various national forms, including the ‘state capitalism’ in North Korea that has been passed off as ‘socialism’.

North Korea presents an image to the...

Throw Away the Stick

Last month's headlines were dominated, to the surprise of many, by the revelation that a Hollywood producer was in the habit of using his position of power and influence to get aspiring young...

Chinese ‘Marxism’: Not Even Trying

China has been run on supposedly Marxist lines for nearly seventy years, yet nowadays its rulers do little more than pay lip service to the idea that there is anything Marxist about the social...

Cuba: No ‘New Man’

Seen in its most favourable light (and not just as a theory of political dictatorship that it is), Leninism can be seen as the view that the way to socialism is for a minority of socialists to...

Editorial: 1917 – The Left-Overs

The new Bolshevik regime inspired the formation of 'communist' parties worldwide. After the Second World War, many of these parties were elevated to power in those countries that were under Soviet occupation, that is in Eastern European and North Korea. Elsewhere, they came to power either through civil war or through anti-colonial struggles.

The Chinese Communist Party, which was formed in 1921,  rose to power after successfully mobilising the peasants in the countryside to resist the  Japanese occupation forces during the Second World War, and subsequently defeating the Kuomintang Government forces in the Chinese Civil War in 1949. It is worth noting that Stalin backed the Kuomintang against the 'Communists', thus giving the lie to the fiction that the Soviet Union was a beacon for global communism. What emerged was not socialism, but an authoritarian regime of state capitalism.

Is Inequality Natural?

Is Inequality Natural?
Speaker - Clifford Slapper
Duke of York, Islington, London
 

Recorded: 
Sunday, 15 September 1985

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The Socialist Party's latest pamphlet

The State and the Socialist Revolution

'Why the Russian Revolution Wasn't a Socialist Revolution'

A reprint of Russian Marxist Julius Martov’s pamphlet 'The State and the Socialist Revolution'.
With an introduction by the Socialist Party, on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik coup in Russia.


Cover price £2.00.

Copies from the Socialist Party, 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN for £3.50 including P & P. Cheques payable to ‘The Socialist Party of Great Britain’.

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