Issue 50, December 1992
This is the fiftieth issue of Living Marxism.
When we launched the magazine in November 1988, the general opinion was
that it wouldn't last six months. Within 12 months, the Berlin Wall came
down and everybody agreed that Marxism was dead.
Four years on, Living Marxism has proved them wrong, surviving and
even thriving in an environment that has seen many older left-wing publications
wilt and die.
There are two reasons why Living Marxism has made it to 50. The first
is you, our readers, who have been prepared to go against the grain and
back the magazine. The second is that Living Marxism has given you
a good incentive to support us, by getting it right about every important
development of the past four years.
This fiftieth issue contains some important arguments about developments
in British politics That is a theme which provides an impressive illustration
of our record.
At the end of 1990, when John Major replaced Margaret Thatcher as prime
minister, many relieved people believed that things must now get better.
On the contrary, Living Marxism said, 'life under the Major government
is going to get even worse than it was under Margaret Thatcher' (January
When the media commentators finally cottoned on to the fact that we were
right, they decided that the recession meant Major's Tories could not win
the 1992 general election. On the contrary, argued Living Marxism, 'whenever
the general election is, one thing now seems certain; the Labour Party cannot
win it' (October 1991).
When the election results proved us right again, the pundits swung to the
other extreme and declared that, after four consecutive election wins, the
invincible Tories had scaled fresh heights of authority. Wrong again, said
Living Marxism, 'there are far worse times ahead for the one-party
rulers of bankrupt Britain. The new Major government has to manage a historic
capitalist slump without any policies of substance or any sense of where
it is going' (May 1992). Were we right
or were we right?
If you want to stay ahead, you cannot afford to miss the next 50 issues
of Living Marxism. And the best way to afford them is to take
out a subscription.
In the meantime, thanks for your support, and have a happy holiday.
8 IRA bombs
11 Ann Bradley
12 Quotes of '92
14 US election
16 Dash to austerity
18 Maastricht and
19 Tory press v Tories
20 BT's redundancies
23 Trade war
24 Post-Cold War politics
28 Manifesto against Militarism
34 Burt scandal
37 Toby Banks
41 Frank Cottrell-Boyce on TV
43 Marxist Review of Books
The fear of the masses - Alan Harding on
how a Tory academic has exposed the illiberal prejudice of the liberal intelligentsia
Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
The Postmodernist Always Rings Twice, Gilbert
The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a
Multi-cultural Society, Arthur M Schlesinger Jr