[Marxism] Why I am joining Socialist Alternative in Australia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 12 19:01:55 MDT 2012

On 9/12/12 8:53 PM, Nick Fredman wrote:

> I'd agree Jorge's decisions raises important questions and hopefully can
> promote fruitful discussion, including within Socialist Alternative. If
> comrades in the latter group can be prodded to think more about the utility
> of a less narrowly-defined basis with which socialists should organise, it'd
> be a good thing. At the moment the far left is Australia is less than the
> sum of its parts.

My position is that "old school" Marxist-Leninist groups have an ability 
to recruit people and get things done in an impressive fashion, taking 
advantage of their innate homogeneity and the passion of a membership 
convinced (whether they state it openly or not) that they are the 
contemporary embodiment of the Bolshevik party. The problem, of course, 
is that they inevitably hit a glass ceiling because most seasoned 
leftists refuse to join a group in which their own politics takes a back 
seat to the central committee's.

A while back I wrote a critique of Socialist Alternative's 
party-building concepts that they were gracious enough to publish:


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