[Marxism] Australian IST group uncritically backs the SWP CC

Nick Fredman nick.fredman at optusnet.com.au
Mon Feb 18 19:28:20 MST 2013

On 19/02/13 10:33 AM, "Gary MacLennan" <gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Who is in the IST?  They're the mob who expelled what was to become the
> Socialist alternative are they not?  So difficult to keep tabs on the
> groupuscle.
> comradely

There's been a few combinations and permutations since the old ISO kicked
out the core of what is Socialist Alternative in 1995 and a bit later
blundered around in Socialist Alliance for a while, producing more splits,
but the official IST group, which gathered a few splinters, is now
Solidarity http://www.solidarity.net.au/.

They do some good work here and there such as in refugee rights but Omar is
quite right to imply that the healthier development has been by Socialist
Alternative. The US ISO seems broadly similar.

The neo-colonial mindset of those aping perspectives, opinions and tactics
from the UK, or anywhere else, is almost enough to make one an Aussie
nationalist. I think Dick Nichols coined the humorous term Pominternism. 

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