Neo-Marxist Critiques of Social Democracy
The second assignment for GT105 wasn’t due until October 1986, which gave some me breathing space and also time for a daughter to be born.
I chose this topic:
Neo-marxists customarily criticise Social Democrats for believing that it is possible for a social democratic party to use the state in order to mediate the inherent and basic conflict of interest between capital and labour and thus bring about a transition to socialism. Outline the Neo-Marxist critique and set out what you would consider an appropriate response.
A real rib tickler.
I was pleased with the mark and surprised by a page full of constructive comments from the lecturer. I recall that I was quite attracted to Bernstein’s version of socialism.
This was only a few years before the breakdown of Soviet bloc communism, but none of us had a clue.