Lois Clifton argues that in a period of serious crisis the debate between reform and revolution becomes even more important
The revolutions that have swept across the Middle East have forced the question of reform or revolution back onto the political agenda.
As Western elites scrambled to regain political leverage in the region, a contradiction became clear - revolution is fine in Egypt, but elsewhere workers should only fight for gradual reforms.
Workers are brought up to believe that capitalism is normal. Society tells us that anyone who believes the status quo can be changed is simply extremist, utopian or unrealistic.