[Marxism] Why I am joining Socialist Alternative in Australia (Omar Hassan)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 13 19:33:12 MDT 2012

On 9/13/12 9:24 PM, Omar Hassan wrote:
> 6.  SA's hostility to many of the broad left alliances of the past years
> has nothing to do with a general approach to broad alliances, but
> everything to do with a concrete analysis of the previous period.  Where
> others deluded themselves with visions of grandeur, we knuckled down and
> built what others derided as a 'sect'.

Such candor is most refreshing.

> 7.  I would encourage those in Australia who wish to see what our 'party
> building practices' really are to come along to a meeting and have a chat
> to those who are involved in it.

I know someone in Australia--a good friend actually--who went to one of 
your conferences and was repelled by your hostility to Cuba. I strongly 
doubt that groups with such a dogmatic take on the most important 
socialist revolution since 1917 will get very far but I still think that 
sects are worth building. As I have said here to the point of being a 
crushing bore, I first learned about socialism from an SLP member who 
used to write letters attacking capitalism in our local newspaper up in 
the Catskills. He was named Nathan Pressman and he bought kosher dill 
pickles from my dad. I think that small socialist propaganda groups play 
a similar role.

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