[Marxism] Could Socialists Not Use "Great" before Britain!
einde at gmx.de
Tue Nov 6 05:03:35 MST 2007
Adam Richmond schrieb:
> I find this thread fascinating and a bit annoying. Is the Communist Party of Great Britain to the right of the Communist Party of Britain because of the geographic designation they choose to use for their two organizations? (The fact of the two CPs is also a fascinating and annoying story!).
The name Communist Party of Great Britian originated more than 80 years
ago. This organisation ceased to exist in the earloy 1990s. The name was
later appropriated by a small grouping to give it a spurious historic
Since 1920 the meaning of the word "great" has shifted in meaning - in
Britain at least. Insisting on calling the political entity "Great
Britain" within the political entity is pre-occupation of the political
right, not the left.
I therefore think we should be guided by the terminology adopted by
socialists living there (and also the majority of teh people, who feel
there is nothing particularly "great" about the political entity in
which they live).
> Will Ireland be one more iota free of occupation if we refrain from using "Great"? Will one more worker have the courage to stand up agains their capitalist oppressor if we only use the word "Britain?"
This isn't the point. I've been trying to point to the normal modern
usage of the term. The political aspect is only marginal.
> It has been suggested on this list that how socialists should address envelopes. How silly. Shall we address letters to the Socialist Republic of England instead. It might attract more attention.
My suggestion about addressing envelopes to "England", "Scotland",
"Wales" and, in this one case, "Norhern Ireland" rather than "Britain"
or "United Kingdom" is based on my experience as somebody who is a
teacher of Business English - I've heard of firms who've lost contracts
with firms because of teh ways they addressed the offer. "Cardiff,
England" creates a bad impression - something on the lines of "if they
don't know which country we're in, how can we regard them as reliable?"
This is not, of course, a reason why socialists should necessarily adopt
the same solution
> This discussion reminds me of the strenuous use of "AmeriKKKa" by many radicals and revolutionaries in the 1970s. Of course that was a bit more pointed.
I don't think it is "AmeriKKKa" or even "Amerika" was restricted to a
radical political fringe and was never widespread in teh population as a
whole. For the population as a whole, however, Britain is the more usual
designation both for the island and the political entity.
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