Divisions on the Left

DSP splits in Australia along lines all familiar to the Left.

The fundamental dividing line therefore among Marxists today is between those who wish to continue with the demonstrably failed paradigm of building ideologically homogenous “parties” that are ostensibly “Leninist”, but have almost no impact on the politically relevant mainstream; and those who are prepared to work with others in the radical but pragmatic left to build a broad party in the space vacated by social democracy.

The first approach, the Leninist Party, risks becoming marginalized and ignored while often falling prey to endless factional splits over maddening obscure tenets of Marxism while the other can become diluted, losing zeal  and commitment for structural and revolutionary change.