Two high school students explain why they joined the Socialist Party
From a fairly young age, I considered myself to be passionate about environmental and social issues. Like most students, I learned about climate change and extreme international poverty in early secondary school, and it was clear to me that urgent change was necessary.
In my teens however I grew quickly and increasingly frustrated with the lack of serious action being taken by governments to address these problems. Additionally I became aware of the ongoing impact of predatory multinational corporations, and disenfranchised with so-called Australian democracy. I felt powerless to affect change, and had difficulty understanding why our nation’s leaders seemed so apathetic.
It is through the Socialist Party’s involvement in the campaign against the wasteful East-West Link that I have been properly exposed to socialist ideas. A Marxist analysis of this and other issues has helped me appreciate why things are the way they are, and how this needs to be altered.
I believe in the methods advocated by the Socialist Party. I have witnessed first-hand their effect on the fight to stop the East-West Link. This is a group of dedicated, intelligent volunteers with the right attitude, and I want to be a part of the struggle.
By Jeremy Trott
After putting it off many times I finally went to an East-West Link picket – it was a life-changing experience. The thing that most shocked me on the first day of my picket experience was the police brutality. I’d never seen the police turn so violent so quickly. I was appalled.
I thought to myself, ‘How can a government send in police to attack these protestors?’ Throughout the day, I was talking to people about the tunnel, the ramifications for the City of Yarra and the greater Melbourne area as a whole, and the fact that, despite widespread opposition the Napthine government still wants to go ahead with this project.
I was enthralled. I came back the next day, and the next, and the next. Over time I went to a few Socialist Party events. I knew I agreed with most policies of the Socialist Party but I didn’t consider myself a socialist. But after much deliberation I realised there was no way corporate greed could be stopped under capitalism. I realised that capitalism does nothing but benefit the rich. And I realised, that the best solution for many of the world’s problems, is socialism. That’s why I decided to join.
By Ed Brunetti