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Issue #1915      May 18, 2020

This Week ...

Hello comrades! 8th May marked the 119th anniversary of the founding of the ALP. Prior to being a social democratic party, the Australian Labor Party started out as a democratic socialist party, concerned with the welfare of Australia’s working-class. Prior to the founding of the CPA, the ALP had a virtual monopoly on representing workers and trade unions in parliament. When the CPA was founded, this changed, the two parties fought to lead the working class to their respective ideas. Communists have long written about the failures and problems with democratic socialism and social democracy, including Lenin. This month, we will look at how various Australian communists have theorised about these political ideologies within the context of the ALP and the Australian labour movement. Set against the backdrop Menzies’ legislative attempts to ban the CPA (which had support in some ALP circles), the first article by E W Campbell concerns where the failures of social democracy can lead.

The second article presented in this section is the second part of our Vietnam War coverage from last week.

Next article – SOCIAL DEMOCRACY HELPS FASCISM

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