DSP and the Australian Socialist Alliance

Alan Bradley abradley1 at bigpond.com
Wed Sep 4 17:49:11 MDT 2002

From: Nigel Irritable
> It is possible that this is an ill-though through but sincere offer. It
> seems just as likely, though, that this is simply a move to take sole
> ownership of the Australian Socialist Alliance, split its major "ally" and
> pick up a few of the independents. Which explanation better fits DSP
> practice?

Oh dear. There isn't much you can say to drivel like this, is there?

Anyway, for everyone else's benefit, the DSP suggestion has spawned quite a
rash of emails and other discussion through the party and its periphery
(which includes me). Basically, they are treating it seriously. This
includes having a realistic, bordering on cynical, assessment of the likely
responses of the rest of the left.

The point is precisely: the DSP have decided not to put their specific
political nuances in the way of uniting the left. In addition, they are
prepared to work as equals and partners with the considerable number of
militant unionists and others who have been attracted to the Socialist
Alliance, and will attempt to draw more such people into activity within the

These are good things. They are what real Marxists would do. There _is_ a
risk of liquidationism, or, more likely, simply of failure, but the benefits
from assembling a real force of working class militants far outweigh the

The question of whether or not the SA is "reformist" is frankly a
distraction. "Centrist" might be a more accurate characterisation, since the
ex-DSPers,  ISOers and many others will still be revolutionaries, and
together they will tend to dominate the leadership anyway, at least at

Alan Bradley
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