Years ago when I was young, members of the Eureka Youth League read and studied a series of texts which we thought was marxism. While some studied Marx, the received message from the more simplified texts came to me like this: Water when it boils turns to steam, therefore , in social life , when capitalism comes to the boil it will inevitably give way to socialism. The key word was inevitably. Such certainty informed millions of people around the world. It sustained many of them in the face of real adversity and, in my case, developed a confidence that even though the socialist project might be a long way off, it, like Christmas, would turn up.
Recommended CitationRobertson, Mavis, Seize Our Own time, Australian Left Review, 1(84), 1983, 54-56.