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20141Re: Barry Sheppard's two visits to Sydney in 1969

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  • alanb1000
    Jul 19, 2005
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      "Ed Lewis" wrote:
      > Could you explain a bit more about the democracy of this situation,
      > Alan? In particular, who elected (or what democractically elected body
      > appointed) Sheppard to play this role in Australia?

      The Fourth International, of course. He was, after all, their
      representative. They wanted to know what was happening in Australia,
      and he had to talk to people to get their opinions.

      As for taking any opinions he expressed seriously, well, that was up to
      the Australian comrades at the time. Of course, these days, at least
      some sections of the Australian left have learned to be wary of being
      lined up by international factions, but that lesson obviously hadn't
      been learned then, and probably still hasn't by at least some groups.

      But the fact is that it was legitimate for Sheppard to want to talk to
      as many people as possible, and, yes, even for him to express his
      opinions in return. Whether or not he did so wisely, and whether or not
      people were too eager to listen is another question.
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