Temporarily unable to cast myself down the mine of information that is the Leftist Trainspotters list, I haven’t really been doing much to keep the Trot Guide in shape. Nevertheless, I’m pretty excited — tho’ also disappointed — to discover that the revolutionary artiste formerly known as the Democratic Socialist Perspective nee Democratic Socialist Party nee Socialist Workers Party has finally bitten the bullet and officially announced its dissolution into the Socialist Alliance.
IX. What will become of the DSP after January 2010
The DSP national executive is proposing that we convert the DSP into a non-caucusing tendency of opinion with the same aims and objectives as in the current constitution. It would be a tendency committed to furthering those objectives, to promoting the political ideas and traditions of the DSP as a contribution to socialist education and praxis in Socialist Alliance. But its members would be organising within the structures of Socialist Alliance and under the day-to-day leadership of Socialist Alliance bodies.
Our objective is to forge a new collectivity within SA but, at this stage, the national executive believes we still have to allow for the possibility of resuscitating the DSP as a disciplined, regularly caucusing and dues-collecting organisation at some later stage, only if it becomes necessary…
So. As of January 2010, the DSP will become a “non-caucusing tendency of opinion with the same aims and objectives as in the current constitution”. That is, a group of people with similar opinions within SA which doesn’t formally meet… but which may be called upon to resurrect itself, as a caucusing tendency, at some point in the future, “if necessary”.
Beyond this, according to Peter Boyle, only “minds hopelessly blinded by factionalism” refuse to acknowledge that, by going through this bizarre process, the DSP has not abandoned its commitment to revolutionary socialism. “And the sad truth is that those who slander us most loudly as “liquidationists” are themselves in practice liquidating revolutionary socialist politics by retreating ever more into sectarian dogmatism, sterile debating games and abstention from the real struggles of the working class.”
Presumably, this barb is directed at the splitters! belonging to the RSP: the Revolutionary Socialist Party. Which, as it happens, is having a conference in Sydney in January. By some strange coincidence, so is SA. Both parties draw their main ideological inspiration from Leninism and in particular its contemporary manifestations in the Bolivarian Revolutions in South America, especially under Uncle Hugo.
Anyways, some bloke called Allen Myers laments ‘The sad end of the DSP’ in the latest edition of the RSP’s zine Direct Action (December 2009).
Oh yeah: the funky mofos @ the Freedom Socialist Party site have whipped their site into shape; I dunno what’s happening @ Solidarity (the iSt Down Under), but one thing leads to another leads to the news that Jim Casey has been elected State Secretary of the NSW branch of the FBEU!
Finally, in the NSW ALP, a handful of remaining leftists have a whinge:
ALP members: we’ve lost faith
The Sydney Morning Herald
December 14, 2009
THE Premier and Labor Party bosses have attempted to brush off ”disgusted and outraged” rank and file members who say they have ”besmirched” the party name. At a weekend meeting of 150 mostly left-wing ALP members representing more than 50 branches, a resolution was passed that ”the rank and file has lost faith in the parliamentary leadership of the NSW branch of the party”…
Apparently, “fair dinkum, ordinary, concerned and aggrieved members of the NSW Branch” of the ALP have threatened to remain very cross with the party leadership and to continue to hold meetings and to pass resolutions condemning the fact that their resolutions are being ignored by the party leadership.