Magazine of Socialist Action in Australia

Why I joined the Socialist Party

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Three new members explain why they decided to join the Socialist Party

I have for a long time understood that most of the problems in the world – from war and famine through to homelessness and unemployment – are a result of an ineffective, inefficient and inhumane economic system. That is capitalism.

For the last few years I have had various jobs in the community sector and it has become blatantly obvious that it is impossible for community workers to do their job in any meaningful way when most organisations are based on neo-liberal, market models.

It doesn’t take much to realise that fundamental structural change is necessary. My job is to work with marginalised people and it is capitalism that causes marginalisation and the social divide between the rich and poor. I call it profit marginalisation.

I think that the work that the Socialist Party is doing is helping to create structural change and I want to be a part of that. I want to know that I am actively doing something to change the system that causes me, my family, my friends, my community and people all over the world so much pain, exploitation and marginalisation.

By Merideth Jacka


Politics was always a subject that I loved but was one that I never really pursued. Many songs that I listened to contained revolutionary lyrics about contempt for capitalism, anti-racist and pro-feminist attitudes. However it was not music that made me join, it was books and what I read about the ideas of socialism.

I joined the Socialist Party because I believe that we can do better. In particular we can improve conditions in Indigenous communities. I believe that we can improve the conditions of all working class people and eliminate the privileges given to the wealthy minority.

In a socialist society a better education system would be provided. ‘Change’ would not just be an empty slogan but a reality. From the knowledge I have acquired it seems evident that socialism is the only true hope for the future. If people work together for this goal it can be achieved.

By Danny Wilson


As a teenager I had always considered myself one of those people who just doesn’t like politics. The very mention of the word would have me rolling my eyes. After a while though I started to realise that the issues I was really passionate about, such as the environment, youth welfare and world poverty, were all things affected by the dysfunctional political systems in place in contemporary society.

This realisation led me to the Socialist Party. There I found a gathering of people who shared the same passions, and had the same ideas for a changed future.

While I still don’t consider myself an expert in global politics, what I do have is a clear vision of the type of world I want to live in. By joining the Socialist Party I will have a place to grow and learn in a non-discriminatory environment about ways in which to go about achieving this goal.

Years ago I would never have thought myself to be someone involved in a political party. As I’m sure it does to many others, the concept seemed completely alien. What I hope to gain from joining the Socialist Party is the ability to show others like me that you don’t have to be a global politics major to make significant change in the world. All you have to do is want it.

By Adriana Barro


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