What relevance does Marx have in 1983? The social and cultural changes that have occurred since Marx’s death and particularly in the accelerating pace of modern industrial society cry out for a philosophy of struggle and change that is based on the real concrete conditions of 1983. Such a philosophy must analyse and integrate new forms of struggle and provides the basis for new strategies to bring about social, political and economic change. Socialists can’t afford to rely on defensive dogmatism when we're confronted by radically altered circumstances and conditions. Rather new ideas and creative analysis should be an integral part of the socialist movement. It is essential that socialist thought be characterised by a sense of flexibility and responsiveness which is essential if our ideas are to remain relevant to the society, and an increasing number of people.
Recommended CitationAarons, Eric, Linking Class & Movement, Australian Left Review, 1(83), 1983, 8-15.