By J. Peter Campbell
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Unlike many Marxists who came after them, Marxists of the third way remained true to the vision of Marx and Engels, who argued that "in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour ... "89 One of the decisive tests for Marxism of the third way was the labour revolt of 1919, and in particular the Winnipeg General Strike. In the thrust and parry of day-to-day events it did not much matter if Canadian Marxists drew their ideas of revolutionary change from Darwin Dr Dietzgen. The question of theory and practice came down to more fundamental questions having to do with trade union organization, leadership, direction, and the motivations of the rank and file of the working :lass.
The assumption was that significant numbers of capitalists would see the futility of resisting a well-educated, well-organized working-class majority and go over to the winning side. Unlike many Marxists who came after them, Marxists of the third way remained true to the vision of Marx and Engels, who argued that "in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour ... "89 One of the decisive tests for Marxism of the third way was the labour revolt of 1919, and in particular the Winnipeg General Strike.
His concern with reform in the here and now and his tendency to see socialist and Christian values as complementary, not antagonistic, made him a more likely candidate for the SDP than for the SPC. It should be noted, however, that Burns himself considered Winch too radical and revolutionary for the SDP. 31 Once Winch made the decision to become involved in socialist politics he plunged in with both feet. It is no coincidence that the SDP in British Columbia became a force to be reckoned with when Winch became one the party's leading proponents and organizers.