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  •  USSR (4+ / 0-)

    That's a fair point. I don't think who originates something always has much effect on the current heirs.

    However, I would say that most of western europe's social democracies are at least influenced by Marx. Indeed, the British Labour Party refers to itself as a socialist party. So does the president of France.

    They are just democratic socialists, not revolutionary socialists. It doesn't mean they aren't at least influenced by Marx, if not his legitimate heir.

    •  Fair enough (1+ / 0-)
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      but most of the European Second International parties have officially distanced themselves from, if not outright repudiated, Marxism. While this doesn't alter their historic roots in Marxism, it very much undermines any claim that they represent a contemporary form of Marxism.

      Socialism didn't begin with Marx and they are not synonymous.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 03:56:42 PM PDT

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