Socialist Alternative (Netherlands)

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Socialist Alternative
Socialistisch Alternatief
Founded 1977
Newspaper Socialistisch Alternatief
(Socialist Alternative)
Ideology Marxism
Political position Far-left
European affiliation European Anti-Capitalist Left
International affiliation Committee for a Workers' International
Colours Red

Socialist Alternative (Dutch: Socialistisch Alternatief) is a Trotskyist political party in the Netherlands. It is affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International.

The party was involved in the Occupy movement in the Netherlands.[1]


Socialist Alternative was founded as Inter in 1977. The name was shortly after changed to Forwards (Voorwaarts) and from the early 1980s to 2010 it was called Offensive (Offensief). The party has gone by its current name since September 2010, "to clearly put forward the need for a socialist alternative, in a period when the crisis of capitalism is ever more central".[2]

Originally part of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), in 1998 Socialist Alternative (then still called Offensive) left the PvdA and joined the Dutch Socialist Party (SP), operating in an entryist fashion. Its members were banned from the SP in February 2009, on the grounds of being "a party within a party", since which time it has operated as an independent organisation.[3][4]


  1. ^ Occupybeweging met partytent op het Waagplein (in Dutch), Friesch Dagblad, 24 October 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2015
  2. ^ Persbericht: In het Offensief voor een Socialistisch Alternatief! (in Dutch), Socialistisch Alternatief, 26 September 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  3. ^ Verslag partijraad 21 februari 2009 (in Dutch), Socialistische Partij, 21 February 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  4. ^ Open brief aan de leden en sympathisanten van de Socialistische Partij (SP) (in Dutch), Offensief, 8 February 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2010

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