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'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Saturday, March 07, 2009

On the New Anti-capitalist Party in France

The new Socialist Review has an article by Jim Wolfrey's reporting on the founding conference of the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) in France last month, and of the hopes generated by its formation:

The formation of the NPA is an exciting development for the left internationally. What was clear from its conference is that the party's orientation is not simply going to be focused on the electoral terrain. Nor is this another attempt to reconstitute a reformist current in the space vacated by the major social democratic parties. The project has grown out of the struggles of the past few years, struggles that have thrown up new forms within which activists have attempted to fight the neoliberal offensive.

The significant audience that the NPA has attracted to a radical political outlook gives it the potential to have an impact on these struggles. There are still many issues that will need to be debated in the new organisation. The LCR has seized the opportunity to translate bold declarations of intent into political reality and has a chance to make Marxism relevant and effective as a tool for a new generation. This will demand resourcefulness and creativity if the distinctiveness of Marxism and its heritage is to be asserted within the broader revolutionary culture.

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