Website of the Democratic Socialist Alliance
The Democratic Socialist Alliance (DSA) is a communist political organisation based in Britain.
The DSA suggests that revolution and communism are the only credible answer to the problems of the present.
The DSA strongly believes that it is time for Marxists to overcome the problems of the past and to unite around common action concerning the urgent tasks of the class struggle.
The DSA intends this website to carry our contribution towards overcoming the present tensions and promoting unity of Marxists.
This website tries to answer the many objections people have about the revolutionary standpoint of Marxism.
We seek responses to the ideas contained in the DSA's documents published on this site and contributions to discussion. In particular, we ask for comments on the Draft Programme for the Crisis.
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Documents of the Democratic Socialist Alliance
Draft Programme for the Crisis
Draft Programme for the Crisis - additions
On the General Strike
Arguments for the general strike
On the History of Programme
Chapter One - Understanding Trotskyism
Chapter Two - A Critique of Alex Callinicos's Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Chapter Three - A Reply to Ralph Miliband
Chapter Four - The Question of the Cold War
Chapter Five - The Party and Programme in the Era of Globalisation
Understanding imperialism part one
Understanding imperialism part two
Understanding imperialism part three - imperialism and the Soviet Union
Understanding imperialism part four - Marxism and the challenge of international relations
Important historical questions - Stalinism
The ideology of Stalin part one
The ideology of Stalin part two - the break with Bukharin
The ideology of Stalin part three - the 1930s
The ideology of Stalin part four - political economy
Important historical questions - Understanding the Soviet Union
Understanding the character of the Soviet Union
The historical significance of the Soviet Union
Mandel and Gorbachev on Stalinism and Perestroika
An analysis of Bukharins understanding of the transition to communism
Challenges to Marxism
Marxism and Ethics part one
Marxism and Ethics part two
A critique of Lenin's What is to be Done? part one
A critique of Lenin's What is to be Done? part two
A critique of the politics of Stalinism
Understanding Marxist Unity
General Lessons of the Recent Split within Workers Power
Different strategies for socialism
A Critique of Poulantzas’s Evaluation of Revolutionary Strategy
The Strategic Lessons of the Standpoint of Andre Gorz
The Strategy of Gramsci
Simon Hardy and Luke Cooper : 'Beyond Capitalism' Zero Books Winchester 2012
Norman Levine: ‘Marx’s Discourse with Hegel’ Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke 2012
Anthony Di Maggio: 'The Rise of the Tea Party' Monthly Review Press New York 2011
Publications of the Democratic Socialist Alliance
Manifesto of the Democratic Socialist Alliance (February 2012)
In this time of acute crisis for global capitalism, but even more for the forces of international proletarian revolution, this document is a crucial guiding and educating resource offered for study by class conscious proletarians.
In Britain, as in other countries, the proletariat is living through a period of severe austerity measures which are being imposed by the bourgeoisie in order to attempt to divide and discipline the working class. It has become apparent to those with a clear understanding that, unlike the period of the Thatcher Government, the bourgeoisie has no more carrots to offer and that it is now only stick for the working class as long as capitalism lasts.
Thus Marxism has been shown to be more relevant than ever, because there is now a greater urgency that the world working class wipes out capitalism from the face of the earth and replaces it with a truly communistic society.
However, Marxism is unfortunately very isolated and we want to understand what to do about it. This document is offered as a contribution to the process of facing up to the isolation of Marxism, and the document is intended to be a spark for further debate.
Copies of the Manifesto are available at a cost of £5 plus £2 post and packing. Please send orders by email: Click here to e-mail
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 3, May 2014
Marxism and the Class Struggle, 1914 - 2014
On Historical Necessity
Kautsky's "The Road to Power"
Philosophy and the SWP
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 4, September 2014
Obituary - Comrade Steve Wallis
Understanding Revolutionary Marxism in the 21st Century
Understanding Revolutionary Marxism Appendix
Socialism and the Scottish Referendum
The Importance of Bukharin’s ‘Historical Materialism’ for understanding Proletarian Revolution
Understanding the 1928 Programme of the Comintern
Lessons of the 1935 Programme for France
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 5, January 2015
Democracy and Socialism
The Prospect of Inter-imperialist War
What Number for the International? - Resolution of the DSA
The Crisis of the Marxist Party - Resolution of the DSA
The Lessons of the 1919 Programme and the ABC of Communism
Democratic Dictatorship in 1905 and 1917
The Complex Relationship between Feminism and Marxism
The Lack of Strategic Imagination within Left Unity
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 6, May 2015
A critique of the proposed manifesto of Left Unity
Additional comments on the manifesto of Left Unity
A critique of Chris Gray's perspective for Europe
Weekly Worker and the question of the armed militia
Is socialism totalitarian - a reply to Raymond Aron
Is there a principled left wing social democratic alternative
The revolutionary left and the Labour Party
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 7, July 2015
The ethical socialism of R H Tawney part 1
The ethical socialism of R H Tawney part 2
The internationalist strategy for resolving the situation in Greece
Understanding the electoral success of the Conservatives
Understanding the significance of the Labour Party leadership contest
Can the revolutionary left make political advances?
Understanding the British general election of 2015
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 8, September 2015
The values of socialism
Is post-capitalism the alternative we should aspire to realise - review of Paul Mason's 'Post Capitalism'
Should we revise the principles of national self determination - a reply to Mike MacNair
Defence of socialism from below - a reply to Mike MacNair
What is the significance of a Jeremy Corbyn victory in the Labour leadership election
The DSA welcomes the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party
Can a left wing Labour Party leader win a general election?
The 1961 programme of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 9, January 2016
Can a Labour government express 'All power to the Soviets'?
Is the class struggle finished?
A critique of the platform of Red Flag
An evaluation of the Marxism of Meszaros
Understanding the world economy
An evaluation of Alex Callinicos's theory of history
Understanding Marxist ideology
A reply to orthodoxy
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 10, March 2016 - Special issue on EU referendum
The question of the European Union referendum
DSA statement - Save the Tata steelworks
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 11, May 2016
C.L.R. James and revolutionary Leninism
Martov, the forgotten revolutionary
The conception of socialism - a reply to Hillel Ticktin
The contemporary relevance of Lenin's 'Left Wing Communism - an infantile disorder'
The economic policy of the Bolsheviks
The political lessons of the October Revolution
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 12, August 2016
Advocating a minimum economic programme
Evaluating the results of the EU referendum
Kautsky versus Lenin and Trotsky
Lessons from an economist - Strachey
Socialism and democracy
Advocating a minimum economic programme
The question of peace and socialism
Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 13, December 2016
The conception of socialism - reply to Ticktin
Ticktin and the economics of socialism
What is socialism? A reply to Lebowitz
Why we still need a Marxist party
Trotsky and the issue of war and fascism
The end of Marxism and socialism?
Permanent revolution in China
ARguments for Socialism