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The ‘New Left’

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The most important fact about the New Left is that it exists. When Cliff Slaughter opened up discussion on "The 'New Left' and the Working Class" he made important criticisms of the theories about our society which some writers in the New Reasoner and Universities and Left Review have advanced. The most paradoxical fact about the New Left is the way in which sometimes in New Left discussions the fight on cultural questions and the fight for political power are treated as if they were two quite separate matters. This is not the place to develop the thesis that the only way to overcome the corruption of our culture is through the achievement of working-class power. But it is this thesis which Marxists must consistently develop in discussions on the New Left. And it is at this point that all the arguments which Slaughter develops become relevant and important.

Keywords:Cliff Slaughter; Marxists; New Left; working-class power

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