Australian Left Review

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Revolution Not Reform


Ray Southall


Ray Southall sketches the influence of Marx in the nineteenth century. Following on from the Paris Commune of 1871 a distinct split emerged in socialist groups involving reformist and revolutionary tendencies. Southall argues that this split helps us understand the present-day division betwen the right and left in the labour movement and that in 1983 Marx's insistence on rejecting notions of a peaceful transition to socialism have been amply justified.



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