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Building the New From Within the Old

Posted 19th April 2014 at 23:39 by Q

A short blog this time, giving reply to why we would need to build a "shell within the old order":

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I'm generally not in the habit of quoting dead Russians but Preobrazhensky's comments on the economic preconditions of capitalism socialism are still very relevant today. The second paragraph is the key passage.

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Capitalist production arises and develops within the womb of feudal society, or of feudal society which has been half disintegrated by commodity economy,
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So, I became potentially electable

Posted 7th November 2013 at 07:09 by Q

Some time since I gave an update on my political work, although not much has been worthy of reporting.

After a few months of coming together in local branch meetings of the SP, the subject of elections came up. Next year there'll be local elections and our branch got permission from the national party to participate again, for the second time. Our branch currently has one member in the council (out of 37).

After considering the pros and cons I've decided to put myself up...
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What is "socialism", "communism" and the "DotP"?

Posted 3rd October 2013 at 12:46 by Q
Updated 4th October 2013 at 08:41 by Q

Has been some time since I did a reference post and this might come in handy

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I made a simple overview to give my view on the question:



A little explanation is in order:

I made two axis: And economic and political one. The 'dictatorship of the proletariat' simply can't be understood as a mode of production. It expresses a political hegemony. Today with the same token we live in
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Dutch CWI meeting: Rebooting the section?

Posted 18th May 2013 at 21:27 by Q
Updated 18th May 2013 at 21:58 by Q

Today I went to a "Socialism Day", organised by Socialist Alternative, the Dutch branch of the Committee for a Workers' International. "Socialism" is a name regularly used by several CWI sections for open meetings that feature discussion, mostly introduced by CWI members.

The observant reader might note that I also went to a meeting organised by the SP branch in Breda recently with the same name. There is a simple reason for this: Once upon a time, back in the...
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For the Democratic Republic

Posted 6th May 2013 at 11:02 by Q
Updated 6th May 2013 at 20:08 by Q

Below is a translation of my introduction to the SP discussion meeting. I'm making a new post because it was too long for a comment.

The SP and the demand for the republic

Republican discussion: A non-discussion

There is no republican tradition anymore in the Netherlands. The most advanced that we now seem to have is the New Republican Society. I’ll quote from their website what they’re all about:

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