Twenty-Five Eventful Years


  • Paul M. Sweezy
  • Harry Magdoff



History, Marxism


"In reality," Lenin wrote early in 1920, "all the old forms of the socialist movement have acquired a new content, and, consequently, a new sign, the 'minus' sign, has appeared in front of all the figures; but our wiseacres stubbornly continued (and still continue) to persuade themselves and others that 'minus three' is more than 'minus two' Not surprisingly, something similar happened after the Second World War. The old forms acquired a new content, and in some cases the new content required new forms to accommodate it. But the wiseacres were too blind or too doctrinaire or too stupid to see it.

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