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Ernest Mandel Quotes

Socialist democracy is not a luxury but an absolute, essential necessity for overthrowing capitalism and building socialism.
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Revolution is an instrument, like a party is an instrument.
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Furthermore, there is absolutely no contradiction between the separate organizations of revolutionary vanguard militants and their participation in the mass organizations of the working class.
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And if the mass of the people do not accept your choice of priorities, no power on earth, even the biggest terror of Stalin, can force them to do the one key thing that you need to build socialism: have a constructive, creative, and convinced participation in the production process.
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If the workers would be at the highest point of militancy and consciousness all the time, you would not need a vanguard organization.
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You need a vanguard organization in order to overcome the dangerous potential brought about by the uneven development of class militancy and class consciousness.
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You cannot make a socialist revolution without really trying.
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Workers do not strike every day, they cannot do that the way they function in the capitalist economy. The way they have to live by selling their labor power makes that impossible.
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Factions are a sign of illness in a party.
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We do not believe that the Marxist program, which embodies the continuity of the experience of the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the last one hundred and fifty years, is a definitely closed book.
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Only under conditions of revolutionary crises do you have the highest level of self-organization; this is the Soviet type of organization, which is to say, workers' councils, people's councils, call them what you want, popular committees.
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There are no conditions in which we subordinate the interests of the class as a whole to the interests of any sect, any chapel, any separate organization.
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On the contrary, history generally confirms that the more conscious and the better you are organized in vanguard organizations, the more constructively you operate in the mass organizations of the working class.
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I do not believe in self-proclaimed parties.
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Revolution is not a goal in itself.
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You cannot have a spontaneous socialist revolution.
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The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class.
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There is a process of social and of political differentiation going on in the real working class all the time.
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Periodically, the workers do revolt against bourgeois society, not by a hundred, five hundred, or a thousand, but by the millions.
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The conclusion you can draw from these characteristics is that you have an uneven development of class activity and an uneven development of class consciousness in the working class.
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And you cannot have a socialist revolution commandeered from the top, ordered around by some omniscient leader or group of leaders.
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Otherwise we get off the track and we do not fulfil the historical role which we want to fulfil: to help the masses, the exploited and the oppressed of the world, build a classless society, a world socialist federation.
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In a healthy party you have no factions; a healthy party from the point of view of both the political line and the internal party regime.
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You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected.
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But that is going to change because the working class has become a majority in society in practically all the important countries of the world.
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The more workers you have in your organization, the better you are implanted in the working class, the more likely you are to come up with the concrete problems of the class.
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There has been hardly a single year since 1917, and in a certain sense since 1905, without a revolution somewhere in the world in which the workers participated in a rather important way.
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