[Marxism] The past and future of the [Oz] Left

Shane Hopkinson s.hopkinson at cqu.edu.au
Wed Sep 30 16:24:53 MDT 2009

This analysis by Guy Rundle from on-line paper 'Crikey' is in response to a recent series of articles run by the mainstream conservative print newspaper 'The Australian' about thinkers on the Left. I thought it provided a good summary.


...The global Left looked at its lowest ebb in the 1990s. In fact it a globally unified Left had died in the 1970s, the victim of failure on every front. The USSR had failed to liberalise and develop after Khruschev, and was a stagnant and seemingly permanent monolith. By the later 70s, Mao’s cultural revolution had come to be seen as less a triumph of proletarian culture than a process of chaos and destruction. The Western experiments in counterculture had largely collapsed, into heroin and hippie entrepreneurship. Finally, the social democratic parties in the West had retreated from such plans as they had to extend the transformation of the market economy...


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