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Unrestrained by means of conference, lion-hearted and unfastened, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) used to be a good girl. Hers used to be the 1st English translation of Flaubert's Mme Bovary. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She used to be the 1st girl to guide the British dock workers' and gasoline workers' trades unions. For years she labored tirelessly for her father, Karl Marx, as own secretary and researcher. Later she edited lots of his key political works, and laid the principles for his biography. yet leading between her achievements used to be her pioneering feminism. For her, sexual equality was once an important precondition for a simply society.

Drawing energy from her family members and their vast circle, together with Friedrich Engels and Wilhelm Liebknecht, Eleanor Marx set out into the realm to make a distinction – her favorite motto: 'Go ahead!' along with her closest buddies - between them, Olive Schreiner, Havelock Ellis, George Bernard Shaw, Will Thorne and William Morris - she was once on the epicentre of British socialism. She was once additionally the one Marx to assert her Jewishness. yet her existence contained a deep unhappiness: she enjoyed a faithless and cheating guy, the educational, actor and would-be playwright Edward Aveling. but regardless of the disappointment he introduced her, Eleanor Marx by no means wavered in her political existence, eternally campaigning and setting up till her premature finish, which – with its letters, legacies, secrets and techniques and hidden paternity – reads partly like a unique through Wilkie Collins, and partially just like the smooth tragedy it was.

Rachel Holmes has long past again to unique assets to inform the tale of the girl who did greater than the other to rework British politics within the 19th century, who used to be unafraid to dwell her contradictions.

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The first right-wing break from New Democracy had been LAOS, a racist-nationalist party which entered the parliament in 2007. Its leadership contained veteran fascists. It joined a pro-memorandum caretaker coalition in 2011, and suffered at the subsequent general election a few months later as a result. Out of its collapse arose the outright fascists of Golden Dawn. Some LAOS MPs also defected back to New Democracy. That did not mark the restoration of the ‘moderate’ centre right. It served to accelerate New Democracy’s turn to authoritarianism and racism.

One consequence was that New Democracy was dominated by old-style paternalistic politicians of the right. The familial and institutional connections with the traditionally anti-democratic establishment remained strong. At the same time, like the rest of the centre right in the 1980s and 1990s, it tried to be the party of economic liberalism – in the ThatcherReagan model. In popular appeal, however, national conservative themes of patriotism, religious Orthodoxy, anti-Communism and anti-immigrant racism played heavily.

So I have tried to avoid traditional left language, which may not be understood by that audience. I do so in the spirit of solidarity with the left in Greece, a country I have known well for over 30 years, and from the standpoint of trying to contribute to the development of movements for social transformation and of a powerful radical left across Europe. In foregrounding points of debate and criticism there is always a danger of sowing demoralisation and cynicism. Those are breeding grounds for the right.

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