The Marxism and Strategic Concepts of the Communist Party of Australia 1963-1972

Ken Mansell’s honours thesis ‘The Marxism and Strategic Concepts of the Communist Party of Australia 1963-1972’ provides ‘a Marxist critique of Australian Communism’. As Ken’s noted in his abstract, the thesis focusses on ‘the period 1963-72 when the Communist Party of Australia, under a new leadership, moved to distance itself from Moscow and its own Stalinist heritage, and attempted to jettison the Stalinist orthodoxy of a ‘two-stage revolution’ by adopting a more relevant and radical strategy and program.  The author analyses the strategic concepts adopted by the ‘new-look’ CPA following its Twenty-second National Congress in 1967, in particular the notion of a ‘values revolution’, and concludes that despite a new left radical rhetoric, the gradualist perspective of the old CPA persisted in the CPA’s new strategy, albeit in an original guise.’

You can read the thesis here.

 

 

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