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Parliamentarism: Dangers and Opportunities

  • Michael Levin

Abstract

In a speech on parliamentary reform in May 1865 Benjamin Disraeli referred to ‘that spirit of compromise which is the principal characteristic of our political system’.1 For him that was one of its advantages. For Marx and Engels, on the other hand, politics as compromise, as give-and-take, was precisely what they hoped to avoid, for the whole mentality of compromise, coalition and alliance was fraught with danger. Aggregation of diverse numbers threatened to produce a dilution of purpose. This was not merely a matter of parliamentary politics, though perhaps there it attained its clearest expression, but of extra-parliamentary tactics as well.

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Labour Movement French Revolution Labour Leader German Worker Universal Suffrage 
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© Michael Levin 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Levin
    • 1
  1. 1.Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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