No doubt this was a way of resisting Leninist entrism
, but it also reflected a basically antipolitical refusal to debate alternatives.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s Calwell was one of the first to organize groups to combat the pro-Communist left, not only in unions, as is well known, but in the ALP itself, as he and others were having their own political pre-selections and careers threatened by far left entrism
. So Calwell was at this stage an initiator and supporter of Grouper strategies.
In August 2015, days before Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, journalist Michael Crick argued that claims of large-scale hard-left entrism into the Labour Party were wide of the mark.
(1) M.Crick, 'Why entrism is such a small part of Jeremy Corbyn's rise', 11 Aug.
By the late 1950s it was clear that this tactic had failed, and the Soviets had adopted a new one: to infiltrate non-communist peace movements and parties (entrism
) and to attempt to steer them toward pro-Soviet (or at least procommunist) positions.
At their worst, they decline into Trotopoly, in which an endless series of acronyms dance round each other, each identified by a single code word--'adventurism', 'centrism' or 'entrism
'--which is judged sufficient to explain the organisation's political culture to the reader.
In addition to the favorable position gained by the Trotskyists vis-a-vis the Cold War, their historical opposition to Stalin helped them to successfully implement a strategy of Gramscian infiltration (15) of established organizations (often referred to in Trotskyite terminology as "entryism" or "entrism
") as a way of advancing their agenda.
In fact, New Class members frequently derogate the dominant culture of their own society, especially since ethnoc entrism
is a common trait among rival groups, such as the business class and the less educated masses.
Britain continues to have a significant Trotskyist movement which have long practiced entrism
in the Labour Party, but who recently were the target of determined eradication by Neil Kinnock and the Labour Party bureaucracy.