DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST ALLIANCE

 


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

Programme

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

 

Imperialism

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

 

Critique

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

 

Reviews

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