Posts in: socialism

How Marxists think

Summer/Autumn 2007

Cast your mind back to the days following September 11, 2001. George W Bush issued an ultimatum to the peoples of the world: “You’re either with us or with the terrorists.” Politicians are particularly good at simplifying an issue beyond the point of absurdity. However, this spin doctoring is useful, because it shows the limitations… Read more »

Permanent Revolution for the 21st Century

Winter/Spring 2006

Murry Weiss’ pamphlet, titled Women’s emancipation and the future of the Fourth International, is a collection of three short essays written between 1978 and 1982. It also includes an obituary that introduces the reader to Weiss who is described as “a quintessential revolutionary.” Of what interest are the seemingly dated essays to students of the… Read more »

The future of Socialist Alliance

Winter/Spring 2006

In the last issue of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin (Number 34), we published an article, “Rescue Plan Needed for Socialist Alliance.” The piece contained our analysis of the problems which beset the Socialist Alliance and criticised decisions taken by the Democratic Socialist Perspective, which we believe damaged Socialist Alliance. We ended this piece with a… Read more »

Rescue plan needed for Socialist Alliance

Summer/Autumn 2006

In February 2001 the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) attended a meeting of socialists in Sydney, which reached an historic agreement to establish the Socialist Alliance (SA). The FSP was jubilant about this historic breakthrough. In the next edition of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin (#25), we argued, “the time has never been more urgent or more… Read more »

What history tells us about the revolutionary potential of Marxism versus anarchism

Summer/Autumn 2006

The explosive protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999 raised the profile of anarchism. Anarchists were very involved in that profound upsurge, and the media cameras particularly focused on those with a penchant for breaking corporate windows. Anarchism is positive in the sense that it is an enraged, eruptive reaction to oppression…. Read more »

The role of socialists in the union movement today

Summer/Autumn 2006

This article is an edited and updated version of a talk given by Alison Thorne at a Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) meeting on 31 August 2005. Thorne is a workplace delegate in the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and an activist in the rank and file caucus, Members First. With the Howard Government gearing… Read more »

Maximus: Maximising Profits at the Expense of the Poor

Summer/Autumn 2003

The Federal Government wants out of the “welfare business.” John Howard thinks that “the family” is the best provider of welfare. He would love to dump the entire responsibility for raising children and caring for the sick, the elderly and people with disabilities squarely onto the unpaid shoulders of women — if only he could… Read more »

“Money Now Goes Into the Pockets of Big Business”: A Welfare Warrior Speaks Out

Summer/Autumn 2003

Pat Gowens is an activist with the Milwaukee-based welfare rights organisation, Welfare Warriors. Alison Thorne spoke to Pat about the impact of Welfare Reform and resistance mounted by Welfare Warriors. How did Clinton’s 1996 “welfare reform” impact on welfare recipients? Welfare Reform has caused the loss of millions of dollars to poor communities, resulting in… Read more »

Socialist Alliance Debate sparks discussion about Revolutionary Regroupment

Summer/Autumn 2003

Note: Links in this article may not be active. There is a discussion inside the Socialist Alliance about which way forward. In late August 2002, the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) announced plans to dramatically change how it would work as part of the Socialist Alliance. The DSP outlined a process which would result in its… Read more »