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

We apologise that the November 2017 and March 2018 updates to this website were unavailable for several months during 2018. This was due to a virus issue that has now been fully resolved.


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


The Challenges for Trotskyism

What is a revolutionary programme?

The perspectives and programmes of post war American Trotskyism

Does Ernest Mandel defend the revolutionary heritage of Trotskyism?

A critique of the perspectives of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International

Understanding the opportunist limitations of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International

A critique of the manifesto of the League for the Fifth International



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


Marxist Unity

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

Scotland's Future


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


Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 14, May 2017

A reply to Hayek

The problem of nationalism - Part 1

The problem of nationalism - Part 2

Is the Labour Party finished?

The importance of the economic calculation debate

How relevant is Trotsky's work on Britain?

Was Bolshevism always elitist?

The Question of Thermidor and Bonapartism

Defending the Marxist perspective

Does Red Flag have a principled action programme?

Understanding Stalinism - Part 1

Understanding Stalinism - Part 2

What is democratic centralism?

The political character of the 2017 general election

Evaluating the feasibility of market socialism


Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 15, August 2017

Is Marxism elitist?

Trotsky's analysis of the October revolution

Peace and socialism - part one

Trotsky and the programme of peace

Hope for a better world - lessons of the 2017 general election

The Labour Party and socialism - part 1

The Labour Party and socialism - part 2

The Labour Party and socialism - part 3

The Labour Party and socialism - part 4

The Labour Party and socialism - part 5


Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 16, November 2017

International relations and Marxism

Christian criticisms of Marxism

Moreno and revolutionary Marxism

Mandel and socialist democracy

Is a concept of justice compatible with Marxism?

Challenges to Marxism

The strengths and limitations of Bordiga

Bordiga's thesis of 1951

Challenges for Trotskyism - revolutionary defeatism

Did Trotsky change his views about the October Revolution?


Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 17, March 2018

Evaluating a political biography of Karl Marx

Christian criticisms of Marxism

Understanding conservatism

Mandel and socialist democracy

Is anarchism an alternative to Marxism?

Does Rawls establish a credible defence of liberalism?

Criticism of the defence of capitalism

Popular front and the Comintern

Understanding national identity


Socialist Standpoint - Issue no. 18, July 2019

The Challenge of Left Reformism

The Demoralisation of Paul Mason

Rosa Luxemburg and the National Question

Ted Grant - Revolutionary Defeatism

Ted Grant - Degenerated Workers' State

Trotsky and his Understanding of the Soviet Union