‘Oh Albania, Red Star that Burns Bright’

Probably the finest Canadian song praising the Communist Party of Albania you will hear today (h/t RM):

I wonder if there are any English-language songs praising East Germany?

If you're interested in the internecine squabbles of Canadian Marxist splinter parties in the 1960s — and who isn't? — you can find plenty of documentation here. One of the absolute must-read highlights, On the Question of Liu Shao-Chi:

While we might be disposed to be somewhat critical of [Sidney Rittenberg]'s speech for being poorly constructed, not too carefully prepared and containing some careless formulatons, we are in agreement with its basic content in criticizing and repudiating the bourgeois-reactionary line of Liu Shao-chi and upholding the proletarian-revolutionary line of Mao Tse-tung. However, the Belgian trio of Jacques Grippa, Rene Raindorf and Stephen Strulens who are of the opposite opinion, in reply to Rittenburg’s 40 to 50 minute speech inscribed a, reply that would fill a good-sized book.

The extreme length of this literary attack is largely caused by the authors’ ranging far beyond the limits of the Rittenburg speech which did not provide them with sufficient scope for the objective they had in mind. In order to correct this situaton Rittenburg is charged with not saying certain things, and the things which were not said provide the main basis for the attack.

One thought on “‘Oh Albania, Red Star that Burns Bright’

  1. I’m a great fan of schisms in groups too small to be meaningful to begin with. The history of these groups in Germany is also highly entertaining (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Gruppe, also serves as the background to Sven Regener’s book Neue Vahr Süd). Related: the People’s Front of Judea vs the Judean People’s Front, and the thousands of religious groups that the reformation spawned (because if we disagree about usury, we can disagree about anything).

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