Why, it is attending meetings of course. Is there anything more important than a lengthy debate about a comrade’s possible transgression of the Rule Book? It is also a lifelong dedication to discussing the meaning of socialism.
“I think you will find that on page 54 of Das Kapital Marx said…..”. “And which edition would that be?” “The Japanese one.” “Ah, in that case I think you will find that on page 197, in the second footnote, he throws some doubt upon his earlier assertion.”
Or, there is the eternal classification (not class) war as comrades try to stick undesirable labels upon each other.
“I think, comrade, that, if you care to reflect upon what you have just said, it has more than a touch of anarcho-syndicalism about it.”
Or, “Surely, comrades, we are on the verge of the third part of the dialectic, are we not?” “I think you will find that later in life Marx was thinking about moving the first stage much further back.”
And so it goes. For some, pandemics only make sense if they can be made to fit inside a dialectical materialist framework. Actually, I think they can.
Lenin and his trained seal (sorry, serious socialists must suppress jokes) have to come into this discussion. Did he crank the wheel of the dialectic so that it ran too fast?
That phrase ‘unity of purpose’, is it not the prototype for Blair’s sofa government? The decision has been made. No more discussion!
Looking at all the groups working in his name what did old Karl himself say?
“I am not a Marxist”.
Yes he did!
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