Friday, 30 May 2014

The Worst of Britain: Ralph Miliband

Rather than 'smash the state', or 'the institutions', take them over? The Trotskyists have done so in the law, the universities, the BBC (up to a point), and even the Church of England. However, because parliamentary democracy requires the people's vote and live debate, the Trots and other species of Leftists haven't done too good there. Parliament is one Gramscian institution the Trot-snobs haven't taken over. That's why the Trots hate parliament. They wouldn't have the say-so of the people and they would actually need to debate with people who disagree with them. (David Miliband is on Ralph's left and Ed Miliband is on his right.)

“All concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict…” Ralph Miliband, Marxism And PoliticsRalph Miliband said: “The history of reform under capitalism shows it to have been a very partial response to specific ‘problems’, and to have remained constrained by the logic of capital. Far from seeking to achieve radical cures, conservative governments have viewed
reform as a means of preventing radical transformation from occurring by buying social peace with concessions.”

From Wikipedia:

Ralph Miliband (7 January 1924 – 21 May 1994) … was a sociologist known as a prominent Marxist thinker. He has been described as "one of the best known academic Marxists of his generation… enrolling at the London School of Economics, he became involved in left-wing politics, and made a personal commitment to the cause of socialism at the grave of Karl Marx. .. By the 1960s, he was a prominent member of the New Left movement in Britain… He published several noted books on Marxist theory and the criticism of capitalism, such as Parliamentary Socialism (1961) and Marxism and Politics (1977).… Ralph.[4] He wrote in his diary…:

"The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world...When you hear the English talk of this war you sometimes almost want them to lose it to show them how things are. … This slogan is taken for granted by the English people as a whole. To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation".[5]

…. He had become interested in Marxism and revolutionary socialism, and visited the grave of Marxism's founder Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery in north London, to swear an oath to "the worker's cause".[6] … Miliband was on the British New Left during the 1950s… and the New Left Review. .. to take up the post of Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds. .. In 1961, Miliband published Parliamentary Socialism, which examined the role that the Labour Party played in British politics and society. … In the mid-1960s, Miliband ended his membership of the Labour Party, and began arguing that socialists in Britain had to start working towards building a viable alternative that would be genuinely revolutionary socialist in its positions.[9]

… In 1967 he wrote in the Socialist Register that

"the US has over...a period of years been the wholesale slaughter of men, women and children, the maiming of many more" and that the United States' "catalogue of horrors" against the Vietnamese people was being done "in the name of an enormous lie".[10]

 In the same article, he attacked Harold Wilson for his defence of the United States' action in Vietnam, describing it as being the "most shameful chapter in the history of the Labour Party"…. In 1985 he published the essay "The New Revisionism in Britain"… He is buried in Highgate Cemetery close to Karl Marx.[11] … Duncan Hallas to characterising him as floating "between the best of the academic left and revolutionary left".[12] Miliband's ideas were an influence on other revolutionary socialists, including those of his friend, the Pakistani-British historian and activist Tariq Ali.[13]

… Writing in the journal International Socialism, Paul Blackledge remarked that it was "more than a little ironic" that the Miliband brothers were in positions of power in the Labour Party considering that their father was the author of Parliamentary Socialism (1961), a powerful critique of that party and its policies.[16]…

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