[Marxism] Interview with Murray Smith on socialism, EU and European Left

Joonas Laine jjonas at nic.fi
Fri Jan 3 08:29:27 MST 2014

Here's the link to an interview I did with Murray Smith last year.

"Joonas Laine interviews Murray Smith on socialism, the European Union
and the perspectives of the European Left. Smith is a Scottish socialist
who has been involved in Leftist politics in various Western European
countries since the 1960s. Since 2009 he has lived in Luxemburg, where
he takes part in the activities of the Left party déi Lenk and was
elected to be the party’s representative in the European Left Party’s
Executive Bureau in 2010."


The interview was sparked off by his article on the Left Unity website
in May 2013:

"Now you can, if you wish, say that the PCF is reformist. But on the
basis of the above, you can hardly accuse it of being simply in favour
of a modified form of capitalism. And as for reformism…Perhaps Ford has
a very clear idea about the demarcation between reform and revolution in
Europe today. Quite a few other people think they have. I think things
are rather more complicated than that. There is the small detail that
there has never been a socialist revolution in an advanced capitalist
country with a more or less long tradition of bourgeois democracy.
Never, nowhere. The strategy and tactics for making one will have to be
developed in the course of the struggle and they will be very different
from Russia in 1917, not to mention China, Vietnam, Cuba, Yugoslavia."

jjonas @ nic.fi

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