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 Post subject: Is McDonnell a Marxist?
PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:37 pm 
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Apparently the Labour Shadow Chancellor said there is 'much to learn' from reading Das Kapital.

Unfortunately I don't think he's really learnt anything from reading Capital. In the actual interview with Andrew Marr, his conviction basically amounts to not letting private lobbyists influence economic policy making.

It did result in the BBC producing a fluff piece on Capital which amounts to 'capitalists are bad and they exploit workers'. I suppose any publicity is good publicity. Even if all this results in is another slew of pieces ridiculing the current Labour leadership, at least the arena of political debate isn't confined, as it seems to be elsewhere, to a struggle between an obstinate centrism and rightist populism.

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 Post subject: Re: Is McDonnell a Marxist?
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There's an audio of Ticktin on McDonnell (I think on the CPGB site). CPGB has been always for work in the Labour party, but even they are pretty disappointed/disgusted by Momentum, etc.
Anyway, this February the Labour Party Socialist Network in Glasgow hosted a talk with Roberts and Ticktin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHFKrfRC4Jo


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 Post subject: Re: Is McDonnell a Marxist?
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Corbyn also gave a similar non-commital reply along the lines of he was open to ideas from all schools of economic thought including Marxism.

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