[Marxism] Australian IST group uncritically backs the SWP CC

Nick Fredman nick.fredman at optusnet.com.au
Mon Feb 18 21:13:12 MST 2013

On 19/02/13 2:03 PM, "Stuart Munckton" <stuartmunckton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Solidarity's statement defending the SWP would be right at the top of the
> list of things I strongly disagree with them on. But it doesn't follow from
> that that the description of them is accurate.

Perhaps you're correct here Stuart, but the point in relation to the subject
line is that Solidarity, until they rethink their basis of organising, are
completely constrained to act and speak as loyal colonial-settler subjects
of the mother country in terms of major perspectives and anything to do with
the mother party. Even when the ISO showed some openess around 2001-04 it
was almost completely with the perspectives set by and with all the
limitations of parallel moves by the UK SWP. Socialist Alternative are
unencumbered by all that and their more positive development in recent
months isn't unrelated.

Whether a group declares that state capitalism is holy writ that must be the
agreed basis of an organisation, or by contrast is willing to engage in a
serious discussion around a more general socialist vision and the
appropriate tasks and perspectives for the Australian class struggle, is a
more important marker of sectarianism currently, than who shouted at whom at
a particular rally.   

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