Replies on Australian Socialist Alliance

Tom O'Lincoln suarsos at
Tue Dec 17 21:03:10 MST 2002

Alan Bradley:

>>More importantly, we can't strengthen the socialist movement while we are
fragmented into a lot of tiny little grouplets.<<

Well actually the last time time the left made major advances -- the late sixties
-- it was highly fragmented. A badly conceived attempt at left unity (on a tiny
scale) just means conflict WITHIN the united structure, as we are seeing now.

>[Our support] may _possibly_ increase if we can
unite. That is the calculation we have to make.

But we TRIED it, and it DIDN'T. Why is this simple fact so hard to grasp?

>How can we help the SA develop real roots? ... Simply abandoning it won't help.

This is a circular argument. It precludes the possibility that it's IMPOSSIBLE

 Nor can we just walk away and wait for something "real" to
spontaneously emerge, if only because what "spontaneously" emerges will
treat us like stupid sectarians who failed to do our duty, or else as a
bunch of opportunists jumping on the bandwagon in a raid for members.

The existing left groups _must_ be at the forefront of trying to move
working class organisation forward. If they aren't, they don't deserve to
exist. The SA is not the whole answer to our problems, but it is a step
forward, and hopefully a place from which we can take another step forward
in the future.

It may fail. Big deal. But if we don't try we will simply prove ourselves to

be entirely worthless.

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