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War, environmental destruction, inequality, global poverty: are we socialists really the extremists?
“Extremism” is a common trope of the establishment commentariat when decrying anyone whose views fall outside the narrow neoliberal political range of the major parties writes James Plested in Red Flag. The kind of people who write diatribes against the “extremism” of Socialist Alternative are the same people who, for example, see any real attempt at addressing climate change as tantamount to a communist conspiracy, and who positively gushed over the government’s decision to spend more than $12 billion on fighter jets, at the cost of health, education and welfare.
The radical historian Howard Zinn once said: “What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in!” If we want progressive change, we should take Zinn’s words to heart. Our side needs to get organised and rebuild a rank and file socialist current in the unions and an activist tradition on the campuses.
Unlike John Faulkner, don’t waste your time on the Labor Party, a moribund organisation of time servers and careerists bowing down at the altar of profit.
Instead check out Socialist Alternative and consider becoming part of a growing movement of revolutionaries in Australia to help build the fightbacks needed today and ultimately to challenge the dictatorship of capital.
What’s certain for me, writes Jorge Jorquera, is that revolutionaries have to stand up and be counted – preferably in the same organisation. Right now the organisation to be in is Socialist Alternative. It’s the one organisation in Australia profiling revolutionary politics and prioritising the theoretical discussions of Marxism that need to be put upfront in this period.
There’s no organisation that fits all but if you join in the struggle you can help try build one.
The battle against injustice is universal. In Australia it is the struggle against our own rulers and the injustices they perpetrate and perpetuate here and overseas. More power to the left of the Greens in their battles for justice, not just for Palestinians but for Australians too.
We must begin the task of getting organised around revolutionary ideas today if we are to make the most of the inevitable reaction against the horrors and inequalities of the capitalist system in the future, and to overthrow it for good.
Tory education minister Michael Gove claims that the Socialist Workers Party was behind the student protests. We are glad to have played our part in the fightback. But the reality is that up and down the country thousands of students protested because they are furious at the government’s attacks—not because anyone “instructed” them to. However, […]
Ultimately, only the ideas of socialism from below offer a way to break down the “muck of ages” and to produce a new society without class divisions. Only through the mass participation of the working class in a revolution – as the central actors, not just as passive supporters – can the working class become fit to rule. As it was put in the charter of the First International, “the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves”.
Today we face an existential environmental crisis. Imperialist and other wars rage around the world. Two billion people are starving or malnourished. The bank bonus recovery continues to destroy jobs across most of the industrialised West. The need for a new society seems clear; a society based on democracy, cooperation and satisfying human need; a society where […]