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ISSUE 56July 2014

Index – Education

Editorial notes

In 2006, the late Eddie Clynes, as editor of the AMR wrote: “The fighting spirit of the recent CPA 10th Congress has encouraged the renewed production of the Australian Marxist Review”. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, the AMR’s revival was short lived and new issues were released on an irregular basis. Just like in 2006, there is no shortage of challenges facing the Australian working class movement so with the 12th CPA congress successfully concluded, it is again time to dust off the AMR and restore it to its former glory.   more ...

Party education – lessons from some personal experiences

by Michael Hooper
Think back to the last time you talked to a member of the public in a political setting. It could have been someone on the sidelines of a demo, a passerby who took a leaflet and stopped to chat or a bloke on the train commenting on current affairs. What kind of comments did they make? How developed was their political level? What did you say to them? If you are like me you may have come away from the exchange slightly deflated and thinking: “what planet do these people come from?” or “do they really believe the nonsense that comes out of their mouths?”  more ...

Cadre training

by Eddie Clynes
Congress Discussion Journal No 1, 1992
I welcome the inclusion of Rule 6 – Training and Education of Members – in our draft Constitution.  more ...

Providing better compulsory education for China’s rural children

The report to the Eighteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) set forth the goals that we must work towards in the years ahead. These goals include completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the time the Communist Party of China celebrates its centenary (2021); and turning China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious by the time the People’s Republic of China marks its centennial (2049). In addition to completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the report also proposed the goal of deepening China’s reform and opening up in an all-round way.   more ...

Rereading What Is To Be Done?

by Eddie Clynes
Australian Marxist Review No 43 January 2006
In 1902, Lenin published What Is To Be Done? It has remained the most definitive exposition of the tasks of a communist party. In it, Lenin did battle with those in the working-class movement who objected to “outsiders” foisting their views on the workers; those same people criticised the Marxists for “belittling the significance of the objective or spontaneous element of development.”  more ...

Social Democracy

by Eddie Clynes
The following editor’s notes were used to introduce AMR issue 51, which was published in March 2010. The author, the late Eddie Clynes, drew out a theme from a number of the contributions to the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, which had taken place in New Delhi, India, the previous November. The theme, that of social democracy, is a very contentious one and of great importance to Australian Communists given how dominant the Australian Labor Party has been in the labour movement of the country since the ALP’s foundation in 1891.  more ...

Timeless advice on Party education

Many comrades would be familiar with the words of Dimitrov of the Communist International, particularly his famous speech to the 7th World Congress of the Communist International in 1935 on the role of the united front against fascism. Among the many oft-quoted gems in the report is the following about Party education:  more ...

Reviving worker’s education is a must

Bob Crow and Tony Benn knew the importance of teaching socialist ideas, writes ALEX GORDON  more ...


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Editorial Board Members:

Dr Hannah Middleton (editor), Michael Hooper (assistant-editor), David Matters, Bob Briton.

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