Suggestions for Towards A Socialist Australia

Suggestions for Towards A Socialist Australia

I think overall the document is good but my main criticism is that for a document entitled Towards a Socialist Australia I think it focuses a bit too much on the problems and what sucks about capitalism and not enough about what a socialist Australia could actually look like and how we could get there.

My suggestion would be to include a section towards the end with examples of progressive moves forward around the world. I think it's crucial that we talk about Venezuela in particular, as well as Cuba, Bolivia and other examples from across Latin America and around the world.

Some may say these are not relevant to the Australian context but I strongly disagree.

I for one, would not be a committed revolutionary today if it wasn't for the inspiring example of Venezuela that I went to see firsthand, to demonstrate that it is possible for such changes to occur.

We should, and indeed already have in one section, point out that there is of course no blueprint for revolution or a socialist society and it will be different in every location.

But I don't think that means we shouldn't include examples of processes, gains and challenges from around the world that we can learn from here in Australia.

Probably the most important reason for us to include Latin American and other examples, in my opinion, is to provide concrete current examples to back up our theory and give people hope that radical change can occur.