Australian Left Review

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Revolutionary Practice


Simon Marginson


As a researcher, writer and activist over the last dozen years in the student movement and the union movement, I have become progressively less interested in symbolic identification and more concerned about the practical use of ideas. The influence of Marx has increased. Originally, in the heady days of the new left — we sometimes thought that the "realm of freedom" had already arrived — that influence was secondhand and dimly perceived during collective actions. Later, the intertendency struggles in the student unions demanded individual theoretical knowledge , and my political development was influenced by marxist writers such as Mandel and Lenin. It was only after that that I started to read Marx directly.



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