25044Re: DSP conference
- Jan 10, 2006By Bob Gould
My comrade Ed Lewis and I have different styles, some political
differences, different short-term strategic orientations, and our
experience of political life on the left has also been different. In
Ed's case, he spent upwards of 20 years of his life in the DSP, so his
rather pithy view of life in the DSP is informed by lengthy experience
in that organisation.
Despite the constant attempts by Norm Dixon to equate the left outside
the Labor Party totally with the DSP, Dixon's position on this point
Personally, I don't regard the project of socialists who operate
outside the Labor Party as illegitimate at all. Whether or not
socialists should join the Labor Party or the Greens, or work
independently, or some combination of all three, is obviously up for
discussion at the moment.
The activities of socialists outside the Labor Party is not what I
object to. What I do insist on, however, is the need for a strategic
united front orientation of any socialists who are halfway sane,
towards the Labor Party, the trade unions and the Greens. That is at
the core of my now rather long-running argument over the past five or
six years with the DSP leadership.
The Third Period inclinations of the DSP leadership have now
crystallised in the new Boyle leadership of the DSP, of which Norm
Dixon is part.
Full article: http://members.optushome.com.au/spainter/fredmanreply.html
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