Harpal Brar, chairman of the CPGB-ML, returned to ‘The Durham Union’ (Durham University students’ union debating society) for the the third time on 19 October 2012.
On this occasion, he was invited to propose the motion “Capitalism has failed”. The footage from the debate will follow shortly. After a heated debate, Alex, from Durham Union Radio asked for an interview with Harpal. This is the footage from that interview, with a short intro and outtro.
Alex asks such questions as “Hasn’t communism failed – what does being a British communist mean today?”, “Doesn’t communism inevitably lead to totalitarianism?”, “Weren’t the Red Army’s victories only won under the greatest repression of troops?”, “Didn’t millions die under stalin in gulags, death camps and purges?” & “Aren’t people today rising up for capitalism?”
All the major planks of bourgeois anti-communist propaganda are touched upon, and Harpal, drawing on his profound ideological and historical knowledge and understanding, demolishes them all.
It’s compulsive viewing. All topped off with a little humour and gentle mocking of the bastion of privilege that would paint itself as the great upholder of British ‘democracy’.
Watch Harpal’s previous debates:
Durham Union 2011: “This house would fight for Queen and Country” (Against)
Durham Union 2010: “Britain has a duty to impose democracy” (Against)
Oxford Union 2008: “Capitalism can save the planet” (Against)