[Marxism] Fwd: Did free speech allow the Nazis to come to power? - Weekly Worker

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 17 17:48:30 MDT 2017

Yes, we in the CPGB are perfectly prepared to use the no-platform tactic 
under certain circumstances, but we oppose the traditional far-left 
approach, which boils everything down to often pointless displays of 
physical force or, in the shape of UAF, a liberalistic, ‘something must 
be done’ howl. But it is a profound mistake to elevate no-platform into 
a principle.

Furthermore, our insistence on freedom of speech is programmatically 
linked to our overall conception of socialism - which is rooted in the 
entire Marxist world view. Plainly, to reject freedom of speech is to 
reject Marxism itself and hence the entire project of universal human 
emancipation - it is hardly an optional add-on. Why? Socialism, the 
first stage of communism, can only be the act of self-liberation for the 
great majority, by the great majority - not merely the winning of a 
parliamentary majority. Therefore it follows that the working class 
cannot be treated as little children incapable of handling awkward and 
complicated questions - children who need to be protected from bad ideas.


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