Turner, Ian
May 1962
Bulletin of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour Histo;May1962, Issue 2, p5
Academic Journal
The article investigates the conflicting tendencies observed in the history of Australian socialism prior to the formation of the Communist Party in 1920. It is suggested that a dichotomy is inevitable in socialist movements that exist within a capitalist democracy that consists of those who seek to form pure revolutionary organizations in competition with mass working class organizations and those who envision working within labor organizations to improve the conditions of the working class. This is illustrated in the revolutionary strategy adopted by the Australian Socialist League in 1887 and the Socialist Party of Victoria of 1905, which mainly pursued their objectives through mass organizations.


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