More on the New Reformism; The Editors Comment


  • John E. Chiaradia
  • Erland Hofsten



Marxism, Political Economy


If I understood the June Review of the Month, "The New Reformism," the gist of your argument runs as follows: (1) Important socialist movements emerged in Europe during the closing decades of the nineteenth century, with the lead taken by the German party. Mostly these movements were absorbed into capitalist society, and when the First World War arrived socialist majorities (more specifically, the socialist center, since the right wing had abjured revolution and Marxism even before 1914) openly broke with revolutionary Marxism, thus isolating smaller groups on the left. If the SPD was the principal example of the change, the most significant exception was the Bolshevik movement led by Lenin.

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