This week is orientation week at Melbourne, so as I wended my way out to grab a morning coffee, I found myself in the midst of the stalls set up to attract new students to clubs. It’s a gorgeous sparkling day, and the place was packed. Although I really should be working on a couple of R&Rs, I decided to check out some of the clubs.
Having received advance notice this morning that my friend Andrew Norton will be arguing on Monday for higher death taxes (more on this on Monday), I figured he was ripe for conversion to the socialist cause, and decided I would collect the necessary material for him to make the switch. But after buying a copy of The Socialist (50 cents or $1 solidarity price), I suddenly realised that the proliferation of socialist clubs wasn’t just a feature of the 1980s and 1990s. Nearly seventeen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Melbourne University has the Socialist club (of said newspaper), the Socialist Workers’ club, and the Socialist Alternative club (despite the name, it does not appear to be offering an alternative to socialism). In the end, having grabbed all I could, I decided that Andrew will just have to make his own mind up between them. Perhaps the best option will be for him to get someone who’s gone the opposite direction to provide advice. Does anyone have Paddy McGuinness’s phone number?