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The eminent Robert Paxton writes in a recent article, somewhat in passing:

Continental European Marxists opposed piecemeal welfare measures as likely to dilute worker militancy without changing anything fundamental about the distribution of wealth and power. It was only after World War II, when they abandoned Marxism (in 1959 in West Germany, for example), that continental European socialist parties and unions fully accepted the welfare state as their ultimate goal.

I am interested in corroboration and amplification of this statement.

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Why the downvote? –  Felix Goldberg Apr 16 '13 at 21:42
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I have no idea. This is a pretty good question about change within reformism / social democracy. One place might be Leszek Kołakowski's Main Currents of Marxism? At least at the ideological rather than the material level. –  Samuel Russell Apr 16 '13 at 23:03
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