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In theory, socialism is international. In practice, every time a socialist party has got into or even close to power, the practicalities of ruling turns it into a party focused on a particular country.

Sure, one can cite Stalin, but the same can be seen in the rest of Europe. Already during world war one, the socialist parties turned towards supporting their particular state. This was quite a turn as they earlier had stopped an outbreak of war by threatening with general strike in all the involved countries. You have some splitters, but in the main the big parties supported their state. The split later turned into the reformist/revolutionary or social democratic/communist divide, but the lines go back to the war and internationalism.

by fjallstrom on Thu Jul 12th, 2018 at 10:02:49 AM EST
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