Following the USSR's August coup Mikhail Gorbachev finally bade farewell to Soviet socialism. He now considered himself, he said, a Western-style socialist in the model of Willy Brandt and the Swedish Social Democrats. The epoch of 1917 finally drew to a close. But what does the belated death of the revolutionary mystique mean for the Western Left? Are we all social democrats now? ALR asked four political observers for their opinions.
Recommended CitationDean, Mitchell; Higgins, Winton; Beilharz, Peter; and Mathews, Race, Are We All Social Democrats Now?: 1. End of the Line 2. What Social Democrat is That? 3. Citizens and Social Democrats 4. After Karl and Beatrice, Australian Left Review, 1(133), 1991, 14-19.