From International Socialism, 2:7, Winter 1980, ubside front cover.
Transcribed by Marven James Scott.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
Several articles in our present issue continue debates previously raised in our pages. Dave Beecham takes a look behind the enemy’s lines in the class struggle in Britain today. Lin James and Bob Lloyd argue against Joan Smith’s analysis of women and the family, and we also have responses from the Organisation Communiste des Travailleurs (France) and Movimiento Comunista (Spain) to Chris Harman’s Crisis of the European Revolutionary Left, published in our fourth issue.
But the article that has provoked the greatest interest has been Jonathan Bearman’s Anatomy of the Bennite Left, which was published in our last issue. In this issue we publish the first of a number of responses, this one by Geoff Hodgson, the prospective Labour candidate for Manchester (Withington).
Finally there is the major article New class theories of the eastern bloc countries. Here Peter Binns and Mike Haynes critically examine a growing consensus between Marxist oppositionists in the east and some independent western Marxists who have decisively rejected Maoist and ‘Orthodox’ Trotskyist accounts of those countries, but who have equally not yet been convinced of the theory of state capitalism. The article argues that these new views are not just mistaken, but also dangerous, leading, if taken up consistently, to a reformist strategy in the west.
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