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Prediction And Politics

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From Marx and Engels to the present words such as 'inevitable', 'must', 'cannot' and their logical kith and kin have been nourished among socialists. It is perhaps worth disentangling the different strands of truth and error here in order to make sure that the maximum of sense is combined with the minimum of rhetoric. This chapter provides a revolutionary child's guide to the use of these words. However, the capitalist class have confronted a working class which has not moved in the least towards a revolutionary consciousness of the kind predicted by Marx and Engels. And this for at least two reasons. The first is that poverty radicalised workers no more than affluence does. The second is that the organisations of the working-class, both trade unions and social-democratic political parties, have responded to the capitalist invitation to persuade workers that it is within the capitalist framework that their hope lies.

Keywords:revolutionary child's guide; social-democratic political parties

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