This is what happens when I’m not paying attention. Barely have I recovered from the fact that a card-carrying Communist has been elected to local council in Sydney when I discover that the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), born in 2008 as a split from the Socialist Alliance (SA) (formerly known as the Democratic Socialist Perspective (DSP)) has announced its intention to merge with Socialist Alternative (SAlt).
SAlt was itself born as a split from the International Socialists (IS) in 1995; the IS subsequently became the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), underwent a further split in Brisbane in 2004 to produce the Socialist Action Group (SAG), and in February 2008 recombined with both SAG and Solidarity (a split from SAlt) to form Solidarity.
Local communist Marce Cameron (of Cuba’s Socialist Renewal blog fame), for one, is not. happy.
Interestingly, according to Cameron:
Socialist Alternative will announce the formal abandonment of state capitalism, the theoretical basis for their separate existence as a current in the socialist movement. According to Socialist Alternative sources they will, however, retain their conception of “revolution from below”, on which basis they’ll continue to call for the overthrow of the Cuban and Venezuelan governments while at the same time stepping up their solidarity work, assigning Tom Bramble and Sanda Bloodworth to the Free the Cuban Five political prisoners campaign and organising a national speaking tour of Mariela Castro to highlight Cuba’s progress on LGBTI rights…
It’s time like this I miss an old cranky-pants like Bob Gould…
Of course, it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings. And maybe — just maybe — Marce is just taking the mickey — or simply pissed at former RSP member Jorge Jorquera’s recent decision to jump ship, who knows?