[Marxism] Paul Le Blanc on the SWP crisis

Nick Fredman nick.fredman at optusnet.com.au
Sun Feb 3 17:15:27 MST 2013

On 4/02/13 10:09 AM, "Gary MacLennan" <gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> If Mick and
> Sandra really have learned something they would be in discussions with the
> Socialist Alliance, but I know Mick and I know Sandra and I also know pigs
> don't fly.

Well they are in discussion with Socialist Alliance. I.e: They're had a
couple of meetings; Socialist Alliance and Green Left logos are now on the
material for the Marxism conference where there several Socialist Alliance
speakers now as well as those from the RSP (I'm helping a little for the
very innovate kids program for the conference, or have promised to); Mick
spoke at the recent Socialist Alliance conference and said pretty much the
same things about the period and what to do as Peter Boyle whom he followed,
except for running in the elections; and one proposal from the conference
was that the 2 SAs sit down and see if a common platform statement can be

It's cautious and there's a quite long to work out, of culture and
organisational aspects as well as program and perspective, but it'd be mad
not to try it when SAlt has dropped state cap, opened up organisationally,
and with some growth seem much more than previously to have a layer of
experienced but still youngish worker activists in a range of unions and
campaigns which is probably a very good reality check for them.

On the other side I think Socialist Alliance has generally recognised that
the stick was bent a bit too far in the direction of broadness and a bit of
tightening organisationally and programtically is appropriate in the current
period when big breaks aren't on the cards, and conference decisions
reflected that (and that's been generally happening since 2010, as roughly
an attempt by the DSP after effectively dissolving of bringing the baby but
not the bathwater into SA in genuine unity with other forces such as
important migrant left groups and individuals like Gary). 

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