Number 1 - Spring 2010

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Welcome to Marxist Left Review

Marxist Left Review, a new journal published by Socialist Alternative,is launched as the most severe world economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s has entered its second phase.

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A Marxist critique of the Australian Greens

Over the course of nearly 40 years, the Greens have been transformed from a tiny environmentalist organisation into a sizeable and serious party perceived to be to the left of the ALP. This article will look at the origins of the Greens and the class basis of their politics; examine the demographics of their voters and membership, and comment on their organisational and political dimensions before looking at their current political trajectory.

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The Northern Territory Intervention and the liberal defence of racism

The idea that Aboriginal inequality is caused by the racist attitudes of ordinary people is widespread. Yet it was not working-class attitudes to Aborigines that drove the Australian government’s 2007 intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. Instead, elements of the middle class played a crucial role.

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Marx and Engels on women’s and sexual oppression and their legacy

Friedrich Engels published his The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State in 1884. He argued that women’s oppression arose with the development of classes in society.  Most feminists of the 1960s and 1970s recognised Engels’ work as a key text, whether inclined to agree with or oppose him.  Yet for all the debates about the book, there is very little understanding of the actual content and importance of not just Engels’, but also Marx’s contribution to establishing the basics of a fight for women’s liberation.

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The origins of Socialist Alternative: summing up the debate

The need for a socialist workers’ party that could rebuild rank and file union organisation and mount sustained resistance to every ruling class attack could not be more sharply posed. This is a task that Socialist Alternative has dedicated itself to over the last fifteen years. While we are still far from being the mass party we need to be – a party that could intervene in and attempt to lead every struggle by workers and the oppressed – we have, despite the generally difficult political climate, made modest steps forward and are now the largest organisation on the revolutionary left in Australia. This article is an attempt to sum up the lessons of the debates in the International Socialist Tendency (IST) about the assessment of the political situation and perspectives for building revolutionary organisations that led to the formation of Socialist Alternative in 1995.

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The Deutscher Lecture: Henryk Grossman and the responsibility of socialists


Rick Kuhn won the prestigious Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize in 2007 for his book Henryk Grossman and the recovery of Marxism. The Deutscher Prize is awarded annually in honour of historian Isaac Deutscher (most famous for his magisterial biography of Leon Trotsky) and his wife Tamara Deutscher for a new book published in English “which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition”. The text below draws on Rick Kuhn’s Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Lecture, “Economic crisis, Henryk Grossman, and the responsibility of socialists” delivered at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in November 2008.

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