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By J. Peter Campbell

Focusing on 4 participants, Canadian Marxists and the hunt for a 3rd method describes the lives and concepts of Ernest Winch, invoice Pritchard, Bob Russell, and Arthur mildew and examines their efforts to place their rules into perform. Campbell starts off by way of their childhoods in nice Britain, quite their non secular upbringing. He considers their family members existence, their attitudes towards ladies and ethnic minorities, what they have been studying, and what influence that interpreting had on their idea and perform. He describes their lives as hard work leaders and advocates of socialism, revealing how tenaciously, in an more and more hierarchical, bureaucratized, and state-driven capitalist society, they held to the concept socialism needs to be created by way of the operating classification itself. this can be a detailed examine 4 Canadian Marxists and their fight to create an informed, disciplined, democratic, mass-based circulation for innovative change.

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Tragedy struck the young Winch family in 1906 with the death of their infant son. 10 34 Canadian Marxists and the Third Way It was in 1910 that Winch began the long process of political education which would culminate in his involvement in the labour revolt of 1919. At the age of thirty-one, however, he had little, if any, background in trade unionism, socialist politics, or the study of Marxism. He came from Britain, but it was in Canada that he became fully conscious of himself as a member of the working class and began to understand and accept his links with his fellow workers and responsibilities to them.

By May 1910, mere months after his denunciation of sectarian socialism and his defence of Christ, he had begun seriously to question the existence of God and had become fed up with religious sectarianism and hypocrisy. " 3 6 Canadian Marxists and the Third Way As part of his transition from a Christian to a socialist perspective he began to see hell as something that was part of this earth. Where is hell? "22 Winch's concern with the fate of his fellows was matched by the precariousness of his own economic situation.

4* Even by the spring of 1913, therefore, when the fortunes of the SDP looked very bright, Winch was already well on his way to endorsing the scientific socialism of the Socialist Party of Canada. On the eve of the First World War Winch was intolerant of those, including his own brother, who failed to recognize the need for "scientific socialism," yet his own political ideas and beliefs were drawn rather haphazardly from Christian and Marxist, evolutionary and revolutionary thinking. His membership in the SDP and his espousal of the scientific socialism of the SPG are indicative of the problems inherent in identifying the thinking of Marxian socialists in this period with the platforms of the organizations they belonged to at any given time.

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