[Marxism] Saturday's socialist speak out

En Passant with John Passant en.passant at bigpond.com
Fri Dec 14 16:48:43 MST 2012

Unity talks on the revolutionary left in Australia continue. A recent contribution from Socialist Alliance leader Peter Boyle elicited a response from both Mick Armstrong from Socialist Alternative and the Revolutionary Socialist Party's Alan Myers. 

I must say that I support for example calls for the nationalisation of mines and banks even under capitalism. That is not to abandon revolution, in my case anyway, but to recognise we need to find ways to relate to the working class.  The debate here is partly about how to win some sort of hearing among workers and has echoes of transitional demands. While I do think revolutionaries need to be upfront about being revolutionaries, it seems to me some demands are going to have to intersect with workers' gut political responses in the here and now and doing that may help win an audience, even a small one, for or even to revolutionary socialist ideas.


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