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Re: John Percy's history of the DSP

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  • Dave Riley
    I haven t read the published book but I scrutinised an earlier draft as indeed did many other participants in the events who were SYA/SWL members at some
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2005
      I haven't read the published book but I scrutinised an earlier draft as indeed did many
      other participants in the events who were SYA/SWL members at some stage during the
      period under review in the volume. I was happy with the sections I was familiar with and
      made some suggestions that may be included in the final draft.

      Aside from chronicalling the early history of the DSP the draft I read also:

      1. reviewed and referenced the issues in dispute with Bob Gould vs a vs Resistance
      during the late sixties

      2. analysed the melange that came together to form the Socialist Labor League(the
      "Healyites') and its fellow travellers in the wake of the Resistance factional fight. This is
      what Bob Gould now calls his" fit of party building".

      I note that Bob doesn't challenge Percy's reading of the events that led to the creation
      of the SLL franchise here . The book also goes a long way to explaining to later
      generations why Bob Gould is so obsessed with the DSP and how he got into the retail
      trade....

      I think it is an important study of a period in Australian politics viewed from the POV of
      the most successful of the New Left currents to survive from that period and is much
      better than the anecdotally driven web histories of the ISO. I hope to be speaking at its
      launch here in Brisbane.

      Those who object to the book of course have the option of writing, publishing or
      uploading their own.

      dave riley
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