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Jesus if you're doing that degree you need access to all sides of the argument ffs it's not even that bad
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It isn't really a socialist essay, but a discussion of the ethics of socialist revolution.

Of course it isn't a surprise that the ever-encroaching anti-terrorism powers are leading institutions to self-censor to the point of paranoia. What is a surprise is how this was sold to the public as a victory against terrorism - only a few dozen deaths is all it takes apparently to usher in 1984-style thought policing.
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Socialism is a form of terrorism so it's not entirely unjustified.
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Professor Geras was professor emeritus of government at the University of Manchester until his death in 2013. He rejected terrorism but argued that violence could be justified in the case of grave social injustices.
The article is rather thin on what makes that 'socialist essay' special, the idea seems to be bashing the restrictions and nothing else. Probably just another parasitical windbag calling for a revolution, the Guardian are quite fond of him. Socialist essays should all come with a warning anyway, Marx's didn't do much good to this world.
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He rejected terrorism but argued that violence could be justified in the case of grave social injustices.
I don't know if that's been watered down or euphemised, but as it stands that statement is correct. When something becomes grave enough is arguable, but two examples would be slavery in the USA and the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. I would not condemn anyone there if they fought back violently and killed their oppressors. Other examples would be the various civil wars that have occurred all over the world in their transitions from being led by an all powerful monarch to elected democracies.
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