Tony Benn: Arguments for Democracy

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Tony Benn: Arguments for Democracy

Edited by Chris Mullin
Chatto, Bodley Head & Jonathan Cape, 1981
257 pp. $13.95

Like its earlier companion volume Arguments for Socialism, this consists of selections from speeches and writings of the leader of the radical faction of the British Labour Party. Benn impresses unintentionally by the British-style conservatism of his views: his emphasis on the deep historic roots of British socialism, the almost apologetic inclusion of Marx, and the xenophobic attack on the EEC and other international organizations as the instruments of foreign domination of British political life, a new form of colonization. Benn wants open government, new jobs, a democratized civil service, media no longer controlled by capital, an end to the old class system. His vague hope is for the transformation of capitalism through democracy into socialism.

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