By Tony Cliff
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He sold his birthright to his brother Jacob, which made him so angry that he wanted to kill his brother. Engels’ The Origin o f the Family, Private Property and the State owed a lot to Lewis H Morgan’s Ancient Society, which I also read. Morgan argues that at the beginning of society and for a long period afterwards unrestricted sexual relations prevailed within the tribes, every women belonged equally to every man, and every man to every woman. Be tween this state that Engels denoted as primitive communism and the stage of the rise of the family there was a transition period in which the tribe was divided into gentes.
Sadly, the report I got from my friend after visiting Egypt was very disappointing indeed. A c cording to her, the tiny Trotskyist group was made up of dilettantes. ’ (O f course this was a big exaggeration). She met a couple of Trotskyists. I remember the names of two of them— Ramses Yunan and Georges Heinan. They belonged to a group called Art et Liberte (Art and Freedom). Its name makes it clear that it was a literary group— in fact it was a Surrealist group. The language used was French, although the mem bers were Arab-speaking indigenous Egyptians.
Although I was convinced it was merely psycho logical warfare against me I was still scared. A few days later the same two detectives returned. In the mean time I wrote an anti-war leaflet, the main theme of which was that it was an imperialist war and that workers should unite to fight cap italism; to use Lenin’s words, ‘Turn the imperialist war into civil war’, and carry out an international revolution. ’ Just before we started distributing the leaflet I asked my brother, who was also a member of our Trotskyist group, to be sure that our room was clean.
A world to win: life of a revolutionary by Tony Cliff