Australian Left Review

Article Title

Entrism and Revolution


G. Tighe


FOLLOWING THE LENGTHY PERIOD during which their past perspectives and tradition have been examined, the CPA has emerged with a detailed analysis of Australian society as it sees it. It is not my intention to analyse these documents, rather I wish to comment on the issues raised by Eric Aarons in his statement “The Congress and After” (Australian Left Review No. 25). The question concerns the CPA attitude to the ALP. Eric Aarons goes to considerable effort to establish that the Trotskyist concept of entrism “remains unexplained, while its failure to produce significant results over a period of over thirty years is not analysed.” As one who has upheld the validity in the past of “entrism sui generis* , it seems necessary that I should spell out in clear terms what is entailed by the above term.