The Democratic Socialist Perspective has finally bitten the bullet and officially dissolved itself into the Socialist Alliance.
How’s that for excitement? Or an opportunity for denunciation? See : Australian Pabloites prepare NPA-style dissolution, Laura Tiernan, wsws.org, November 12, 2009.
Of course, it would be remiss not to mention that the Communist Alliance is also up and running, at breakneck speed, to the next federal election. (Altho’ it’s unlikely that the CPA will dissolve itself into its Alliance.)
The forthcoming elections offer a good opportunity to commence the process of building a broad coalition of left and progressive forces that will eventually be strong enough to stand up to the power of the corporations and be capable of changing the direction of politics in Australia. Some trade unions are considering standing candidates in the next elections. They should be supported. The Communist Alliance will be standing, as will the Greens and other political forces that offer a new direction in policy. These are some of the forces that could forge a real alternative to the status quo.
Speaking of alternatives, Socialist Alternative is organising a heap ’em big conference over Easter. Titled Marxism 2010, there’s a few items of interest on the agenda: Tom O’Lincoln talks on the new edition of his book on the history of Australian communism; John Pilger (who’s an anarchist when he attends anarchist events) is speaking; Trevor Ngwane will be providing infos on contemporary struggles in South Africa; Lousie O’Shea is discussing Magnus Hirschfeld and German socialism (see : Socialism and Gay Liberation: Back to the Future, Doug Ireland, New Politics, Vol.12, No.2, Winter 2009; also : Hubert Kennedy, ‘Johann Baptist von Schweitzer: The Queer Marx Loved to Hate’, Peremptory Publications, 2003 (1995) [PDF]); a mandatory session dissing anarchism and Did Lenin lead to Stalin? (a debate between lecturer in Russian history at LaTrobe University Adrian Jones and SAlt member Diane Fields) and a presentation by Andrew Moore (Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Sydney) on ‘How real was the threat of fascism in Australia during the 1930s?’.
In the UK, the CPGB is calling on proletarians of the world to unite in defence of Rees-German and the Left Platform. Supposedly, the majority of the Party is united in support of Alex Callinicos and Martin Smith, while a minority is united in support of John Rees and Lindsey German. As a result, the SWP may split… or not.
Bonus Revolution, Fear & Paranoia!
See also : Icepicks At Dawn : Robert Service ~versus~ Leon Trotsky (December 5, 2009) | The Long Strange Posthumous Life of Leon Trotsky (September 1, 2009).