Marx these his­toric words

Business Day - - OPINION -

The fact that the South African Com­mu­nist Party has ap­par­ently aban­doned its Marx­ist prin­ci­ples for the good life brings to mind a story pub­lished in An­thony Beevor’s book on the Span­ish civil war, The Bat­tle for Spain.

The 1936 elec­tions that oc­curred just be­fore the war be­gan were char­ac­terised by a num­ber of par­ties from ex­treme right to ex­treme left. The Span­ish Com­mu­nist Party down­played its Marx­ist rhetoric to try to get sup­port from the mid­dle classes, as op­posed to the ex­treme left, which wanted to de­stroy them. Some wit then came up with the slo­gan: “Vote com­mu­nist and save Spain from Marx­ism!”

Dr Leon Jacobson Sa­sol­burg

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