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Issue #1932      September 14, 2020


Dear Editor,

I am not sure what article Dorothy Costa read but it is not the one published in #1928. At no time do I refute the experience of 20th Century Socialism nor the gains made. The references to Independence are to countries struggling against the colonial powers and imperialist domination.

I also do not put forward a model or any other scheme for Socialism outside of the developments in the countries mentioned. What I was looking at was the role that is played by the working-class and socialism in national independence. The critic would do well to study the works of Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, among others, and particularly the thoughts that they expressed on their National Liberation struggle and Socialism.

It appears that she has seen the words 21st century Marxism and not explored the content.

Unlike some advocates of some new model, I do not advocate against the basic principles that are universal in these examples of a Communist Party and the dictatorship of the Proletariat. Forms are different and have their basis in the existing conditions of the nations in which the class rule arises.

It is easy to win arguments when you distort or misrepresent what has been written. I am disappointed in the intellectual weakness displayed in the criticism. It is an unfortunately dishonest criticism and therefore adds nothing to the discussion.


David Matters

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