TITLE

A REPLY TO CRITICS

AUTHOR(S)
Campbell, Alan; McIlroy, John
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2004, Vol. 69 Issue 3, p373
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a reply to the comments made on an editorial about the history of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). Critic Nina Fishman states that the CPGB squandered the revolutionary will of British workers. Her citation provides no corroboration. Other critics provide cogent characterization of Fishman's failings. She is practised in substituting labelling for argument. Having categorized the CPGB as Stalinist, the critics evidently have nothing more to say. In essays on Arthur Horner and Arthur Reade, the exercise of freewill and individual judgement was illustrated. A biography of Henry Sara depicted Communists making choices and challenging Stalinism. Studies of Willie Allan and Abe Moffat affirmed that Stalinism was freely chosen. Fishman claims that the authors of the editorial have not established Stalin ordered CPGB leaders to take particular positions on strikes or the work of factory groups. No serious historian would suggest Stalin did this. But there was indeed Comintern monitoring and instructions on industrial work and union activities. The decisions the CPGB took were within Russian policy, secondary issues of application.
ACCESSION #
15888176

 

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