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Great Labor Split II: Albo’s succumbing to socialist dilemmas

11 July 2024

2:00 AM

11 July 2024

2:00 AM

The Great Labor Split of 1955 stemmed from theoretical dilemmas that have always haunted the Western left’s fragmented socialism. 70 years on, Albo’s leadership is succumbing to those same socialist dilemmas.

There are three main dilemmas for socialists depending on where they sit on the communist spectrum. First, can government function within a social democracy to provide equality of outcomes, or is ‘the State’ an instrument of the bourgeoisie that must be smashed? Second, is religion ‘the opiate of the masses’ that keeps oppressed workers oblivious to their oppression, or is Christian goodness at the heart of democratic socialism? And third,...

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