Archive for April 9th, 2012
Without a sizeable and significant group in society such as trade unions, or some of them at least, behind any left party in Australia, without significant class struggle and possibly without a star left winger already well known, it is unlikely at least in the short term that workers desire for a better world will find any outlet. Instead many workers will hold their nose and vote for the Coalition. Even many of those who vote Labor will be doing so while sniffing the smelling salts.
The Conference showed me yet again that Socialist Alternative is an organisation serious about understanding the world around it, engaging with it and changing it where possible and debating ideas and developing its own in the context of Marxist thought. It is serious about turning the world upside down to rid it of poverty, war, exploitation, oppression and the real threat of environmental catastrophe.
We have the capacity to do all that now with the level of the productive forces already developed but a system designed for profit cannot and will not address in any meaningful way these issues. Capitalism chains us to the past. However it has created the majority class, the working class, with the power to do liberate humanity through setting up its own organs of rule and determining democratically what is to be produced. That is socialism.
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