“What is Socialism?”

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    ALB
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    This article, recently added to the Marxist Internet Archive dating from 1909 by a German Social Democrat, could easily have appeared in the Socialist Standard of the time. It shows that the early Party members were correct in their assessment that there were some socialists in other parts of Europe.

    Unfortunately the author, Hermann Duncker, went on to become an orthodox Stalinist.

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    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    I thought so too and it is why I had incorporated some of it into a post without any credit as the source so, yes, call it what it is plagiarism, which will appear on the Socialist Courier blog in due course.

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    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    His wife was active too

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/duncker-kate/index.htm

    As there was an earlier exchange on the forum about women, she writes about it in 1910

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/duncker-kate/1910/women-social-democracy.htm

    “…it is clear that there is only one means for the women of the proletariat to free themselves from wage and domestic slavery and to fight for equal rights, namely by joining the ranks of the Social Democratic struggle. Even if they cannot yet cast their votes for Social Democracy in the elections, they can still join the Social Democratic organization and work in it…And if women join the Social Democrats in ever-increasing numbers, the latter will not only grow in size, but their clout and confidence in victory will also increase. The man who has an unenlightened and indifferent wife at home is only half a fighter, an uncertain one…”

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/duncker-kate/1910/women-social-democracy.htm

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