(Melbourne Age) Communists' website a hit with youth

Alan Bradley abradley1 at bigpond.com
Sun Apr 29 17:29:12 MDT 2001

From: Gary MacLennan
> Interesting,
> but from where I sit in Brisbane the CPA is non-existent. some very old
> comrades who are really living treasures.  But the moment of history has
> surely passed them by.  Though I suppose that is another prediction.

This pretty much sums up my view of the situation, too.

I don't really see the CPA being able to attract any significant amount of
young members.  They will be competing with more established groups like
Resistance and the ISO, who have plenty of energy, and do a lot of the
organisational work for the existing left.

Being called the Communist Party might be a bit of an advantage when people
are looking for a left group.  This is why the former Socialist Party of
Australia seized the CPA name after the old CPA abandoned it.  I don't
really see it being able to compensate for the organisation itself being a
dusty shell.

Depressingly enough, I suspect that what they _could_ become is a halfway
house for young Laborites.  Basically, they would spend their time trying to
subordinate the left to the leaderships of the "left" unions, and thus to
the Labor Party and Capital.

We will see.

Alan Bradley
abradley1 at bigpond.com

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