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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Has Socialism Failed?

By Joe Slovo

South African Communist Party

Contents

Introduction

Ideological Responses

Marxist Theory Under Fire

Socialism and Democracy

Socialist Economic Alienation

A Look at Ourselves

The subject matter of this discussion paper will no doubt be debated for years to come both inside and outside the ranks of communist and workers' parties. The publication of this draft has been authorised by our party's leadership, as a launching pad for further critical thought. Some colleagues have made extremely valuable suggestions, which have been incorporated. But, as a whole, it represents the first reflections of the author only.

January 1990

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