Leftwrites recently revealed the existence of what at first appeared to be a NEW! IMPROVED! far left groupuscule: the cheekily and highly-inappropriately named ‘Direct Action’. Only I now discover two things:
1) The six former DSP members who (very, very briefly) constituted the ‘Marxist Solidarity Network’ have since warped into ‘Workers & Community First’, an electoral platform for ‘Jorge Jorquera : Socialist Candidate in Derrimut’ and;
2) ‘Direct Action’ turns out to be… the ‘Marxist Solidarity Network’, re-branded.
Grrr. How can a slack bastard like me keep up? Should I add ‘Direct Action’ to the Trot Guide? Or wait a couple of months in anticipation of another re-branding? ‘Solidarity’ has already been taken, so maybe… ‘Self-Management’? Hmmm… Actually, ‘Solidarity’ doesn’t appear to be all that well at the moment — it’s been almost twelve months since they updated their site — so maybe if ‘Direct Action’ hangs around long enough, they can still claim the title ‘Solidarity’. After all, I enjoy a game of ‘pass the parcel’ as much as the next anarchist, and, as the ‘Militant Socialist Organisation’ waited patiently for the opportunity to claim the title ‘Socialist Party’ (after its abandonment by the ‘Socialist Party of Australia’ in 1996 — which, in turn, abandoned ship for the far more alluring title of ‘Communist Party of Australia’ after a twenty-five year wait — which, in turn, abandoned Eurocommunism for… the ALP) so too ‘Direct Action’ can wait at least another three months before re-branding themselves… can’t they?