10060Re: An open letter to ALP members on Senate preferences
- Oct 17, 2004--- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "alanb1000"
So, Bob, Shane, and sundry others: what are you doing in the ALP,
> Greens or where ever you are? What are you trying to do? How areyou
> trying to do it? What results are you seeing? What (concrete,medium
> term) results do you think are possible? What are the dangers andI'm certain that Bob Gould, at least, does not have a real political
> shortcomings of your course? Can we help? How?
orientation towards building a powerful left in the ALP membership -
other than in words that is. He might be able to tell us all about
his ideas but will not be able to provide us with examples of his
recent energetic activity against the right within the ALP itself.
His real political orientation lies to the groups to the left of the
ALP whom in his own small way he tries to tie ideologically to the
coattails of the Labour party - the only political force he can
conceive of as an agent for major social change in Australia.
Politically, the vast, vast majority of his time is spent in this
endeavour to neutralise the left challenges to the ALP rather than
activity in the ALP itself. Most common are his heated polemics with
the revolutionary left, esp the DSP, for their alleged and
incurable "sectarianism" towards Mark Latham's ALP. While Gould's
approach to the Greens is a lot more sophisitcated the basic aim is
the same - take as much pressure off the ALP from the left as you can
(as little as that may be as one person) while still doing little to
actually move the ALP to the left yourself.
Really, Bob's Open letter is far more a placatory address to Greens
members and others than it is a serious political intervention into
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