Bob Gould open letter to the DSP

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 12 08:16:51 MDT 2002


The DSP's proposal that all the groups in the Socialist Alliance should
rapidly merge into one organisation has raised fairly sharply broad issues
of strategy in the Australian labour movement. These issues are addressed
in this document, which I distributed widely at the Asia-Pacific Solidarity
Conference in Sydney at Easter, and in other places. It may be useful,
particularly to comrades in other countries, in helping them to get a fix
on the local situation in Australia, in which context these proposals are made.

An Open Letter to members of the DSP
By Bob Gould

IT IS TIME TO CAREFULLY RECONSIDER YOUR STRATEGY TOWARDS THE LABOR
MOVEMENT, AND REVERSE THE RIGHT WING POLICY OF SUPPORTING THE DRIVE TO PUSH
UNIONS OUT OF THE ALP!

They say a week is a long time in politics. The three months since the
federal election is an even longer time. In the federal election, which was
dominated by the capitulation of the ALP leadership to the right wing
populist demagoguery of the Tories on the asylum seeker question, there was
a small swing against Labor, a bit over 1% in two party preferred terms.
Labor retained the overwhelming support of the organised working class, and
the progressive section of the middle class, though there was a significant
swing of backward workers, from One Nation to the Liberals, and an even
more pronounced swing amongst sections of the progressive middle class,
from the ALP to the Greens, in revulsion against the ALP's policy on
refugees. The DSP supported electoral formation, the Socialist Alliance,
did very badly in the election, getting approximately 1%, where it stood,
and the left protest vote went to the Greens, who are now clearly
established as the electoral party to the left of Labor. The possibility of
the Socialist Alliance establishing itself as a significant force
electorally, is now extinguished, (if it ever existed). This is underlined
by the recent state election result in South Australia.


full: http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/gould.htm


Louis Proyect
www.marxmail.org



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