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  •  Social Democracy and Nation Socialism are both... (0+ / 0-)

    critiques of orthodox marxism which developed around the same time and from some of the same philosophical writings, they just placed their emphasis on different facets. Check out "The Primacy of Politics" by Sheri Berman

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    by Independant Man on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:15:12 AM PDT

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    •  I'm afraid this isn't entirely accurate (1+ / 0-)
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      Up until 1914, Social Democracy was the repository of orthodox Marxism. There were division and debates within the movement, such as the disputes between Bernstein and Luxemburg but no one seriously questioned the SD's Marxist bona fides.

      It was only with the onset of WWI and the abandonment of internationalism by the major European SD Parties that an actual split began to manifest. No less a figure than Lenin refused to believe that the German SD's had voted for war credits when the news first broke. He thought it false propaganda put out by the German government.

      The split became final only with the revolutionary wave that the war brought forth. First in Russia and then in Germany. In both cases the Social Democrats broke into Revolutionary and anti-revolutionary factions. In Germany, the Right SDs actively aided in the violent suppression of the revolutionary Left.

      The motivations in both camps were multifaceted and complex. It's important to recognize that there were those on both sides that argued they were upholding "true" Marxism. In the case of Russia, it was the Mensheviks who were upholding the traditional view of orthodox Marxism, whereas it was the Bolsheviks who were arguing for an innovative departure in the Marxist analysis and program.

      The narrative you present is a relic of this conflict, where each side vied with the other for the mantle of "true" Marxism. This led to a resort to obscurantism and historical falsification by both sides in order to buttress their competing claims.  

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      by WB Reeves on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 01:09:32 PM PDT

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