Australian Left Review

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A Left Wide Open: Alliances and Socialist Strategy


David Burchell


The following article is intended to provoke discussion around aspects of a trend of thought in left politics which, while hardly new in a general sense, has taken new directions and gained new emphases in recent years - which I will call, for shorthand purposes, 'the alliance strategy'. Briefly expressed, the alliance strategy takes as its central reference-point an image of the political canvas where the radical and progressive forces are linked by a system of tacit and explicit alliances developed through the processes of day-to-day political activity, and also in the cross-fertilisation of political programs and political theory.