DSP and the Australian Socialist Alliance

Nigel Irritable nigel_irritable at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 4 12:10:41 MDT 2002

> I differ from you and them both. The difference is
> that I can have a dialog with them, while I regard
> people like you beyond the pale.

Well it's nice to see your cards on the table.

> In the discussions about DSP perspectives here,
> Shane Hopkinson was not afraid to stake out a
> position that differed somewhat from DSP orthodoxy.

I'm not "afraid" to stake out a position which differs
from CWI "orthodoxy". On the subject of the DSP's
proclamation the CWI as an organisation has no
particular view. It is possible, though pretty
unlikely, that the Socialist Party in Australia will
develop one.

My views on the matter are entirely my own, with the
exception that I borrowed the stuff about the present
difficulties of the ISO from Socialist Alternative, an
Australian group unconnected to the CWI. (Indeed
fairly hostile, a prominent member of SocAlt memorably
dismissed the CWI in Australia as "kids and lumpens",
which under the circumstances translates as "young and
working class").

If you mean that I draw the general framework through
which I look at political issues from the CWI, you are
of course correct. I received much of my political
education in the CWI and I agree with the broad thrust
of the CWI's perspectives and strategy.

Is mise le meas
Brian Cahill

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