The Spartacists in Martin Place

Last Friday afternoon, Mr T and I arranged to meet under the mushroom (the Commercial Travellers Club) in Martin Place. Unbeknownst to me, this was when the Spartacists, an obscure marxist group, had their stall up in Martin Place; about 15 people milled around the stall holding up posters/selling their paper/giving a speech on a megaphone while three security guards from the MLC centre looked on.

I had heard of the Spartacists, but hadn’t seen much evidence of their existence apart from a few posters on streetlight poles around Sydney Uni when I started studying there in Easter 2000.

Unfortunately for them, their message about the liberation of the working class seemed to of no interest to the (suited) members of the working class walking around and through their stall and going off to enjoy the very material delights of a Friday after-work drink.

Maybe these workers were imbued with false consciousness.

4 Responses to The Spartacists in Martin Place

  1. Oz says:

    Even most of the far left Trotskyists at Sydney University think the Spartacists are crazy. Defending North Korea’s right to nuclear weapons etc. They believe people should vote Liberal because it will help bring about the Revolution.

  2. Sacha says:

    I wonder if any left groups exist that are even less connected to reality?

  3. Steve says:

    They are hard line stalinists. I remember they had a o-week stall the first week I was at uni in 1992. From what I read of their material, at that time I think they were still hoping that the USSR would reconstitute itself. Seriously loopy.

  4. Sacha says:


    It’d be interesting to look at how little groups, like the Spartacists, maintain the internal logic of their ideas when their ideas are so different to what almost everyone else believes. Perhaps they truly are a sect.

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