Australian Left Review

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The Communist Party and Revolution


Douglas Kirsner


THE TECHNOLOGICAL POSSIBILITY of a socialist society has existed in Australia for many years now. The present level of production could provide abundance for all. The abolition of capitalism and a fundamental redirection of social structure and purpose could bring universal happiness. That this has not occurred, and in the foreseeable future does not appear likely to occur in Australia, should entail a drastic reappraisal on the part of revolutionaries of method and what are presumed to be facts — both past and present. Such examination may result in a jettisoning of very many ‘sacred’ assumptions and in an emphasis on new forms of revolutionary activity. It will mean forsaking “marxismleninism” and other dogmas, and replacing them with an, open marxist approach toward actual conditions, and not with orthodox marxist-leninist theory which mystifies them.