The long march of the SP

The Dutch SP has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis. After beginning as a maoist splinter, it took its distance from China and maoism in the second half of the seventies. In the late eighties and early nineties, after the implosion on the Eastern Bloc, the party dropped its references to marxism and leninism. Its leader Jan Marijnissen played an important role in creating a new ideology for the party, redefining its socialism as an ethical commitment to human dignity, equality and solidarity. The SP is the only left-wing party in the Netherlands that has succeeded in competing with the social-democratic Labour Party but there is doubt whether it can become a real alternative in the long run?

A document by Alex de Jong

Socialist Alternative Politics in the Netherlands