Monday, October 22, 2007

Moral Realism

Strategy without morality is a machiavellian calculus, of no interest or use to a real socialist movement. Stalinism reduced Marxism to that, power without value. Morality without strategy, a humane socialism equipped only with an ethic against a hostile world, is doomed to needless tragedy: a nobility without force leads to disaster as the names of Dubcek and Allende remind us. What socialism needs today is moral realism - with equal stress on each of these terms.

Perry Anderson

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