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You cannot make a socialist revolution without really trying. Ernest Mandel#Revolution 73
Ernest Mandel#Revolution 73
We do not believe that the Marxist program, which embodies the continuity of the experience of the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the last one hundred and fifty years, is a definitely closed book. Ernest Mandel#Actual 70
Ernest Mandel#Actual 70
There has been hardly a single year since 1917, and in a certain sense since 1905, without a revolution somewhere in the world in which the workers participated in a rather important way. Ernest Mandel#Certain 64
Ernest Mandel#Certain 64
Otherwise we get off the track and we do not fulfil the historical role which we want to fulfil: to help the masses, the exploited and the oppressed of the world, build a classless society, a world socialist federation. Ernest Mandel#Build 64
Ernest Mandel#Build 64
Furthermore, there is absolutely no contradiction between the separate organizations of revolutionary vanguard militants and their participation in the mass organizations of the working class. Ernest Mandel#Absolutely 63
Ernest Mandel#Absolutely 63
And you cannot have a socialist revolution commandeered from the top, ordered around by some omniscient leader or group of leaders. Ernest Mandel#Group 60
Ernest Mandel#Group 60
Workers do not strike every day, they cannot do that the way they function in the capitalist economy. The way they have to live by selling their labor power makes that impossible. Ernest Mandel#Capitalist 56
Ernest Mandel#Capitalist 56
You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected. Ernest Mandel#Class 56
Ernest Mandel#Class 56
There are no conditions in which we subordinate the interests of the class as a whole to the interests of any sect, any chapel, any separate organization. Ernest Mandel#Chapel 50
Ernest Mandel#Chapel 50
The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class. Ernest Mandel#Called 48
Ernest Mandel#Called 48
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