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For Marxists of the third way, education had a very important purpose. While certainly not Leninists, they considered violence a likely if not unavoidable outcome of revolutionary change, but they sought to avoid it more than they saw it as a weapon. 87 When violence was involved, the working class needed to act intelligently. For Marxists of the third way, revolution was historically necessary and likely to be violent, but they were utterly convinced that a majority of educated, organized workers could keep that violence to a minimum.
3 While Marxists of the third way espoused a Marxian theory of class struggle that saw the middle class as having little, if any, historical importance, their belief in the importance of individual conscience led them to seek the broadest possible audience for socialist ideas. "4 In the 19205 and 19305, Marxists of the third way like Winch and Mould sought to build alliances with middle class socialists, "on strategic grounds as broadening the audience for socialist ideas. ""5 Yet they continued to believe, rightly or wrongly, that the leading role in any working class mobilization would have to be taken by the workers themselves.
111 Who could or could not be a socialist was not bounded by class: this was a position that derived from a number of influential theorists. "3 While Marxists of the third way espoused a Marxian theory of class struggle that saw the middle class as having little, if any, historical importance, their belief in the importance of individual conscience led them to seek the broadest possible audience for socialist ideas. "4 In the 19205 and 19305, Marxists of the third way like Winch and Mould sought to build alliances with middle class socialists, "on strategic grounds as broadening the audience for socialist ideas.