22096Re: [GreenLeft_discussion] Re: Marrickville by-election
- Sep 23, 2005--- bobgould987 <bobgould987@...> wrote:
> It's particularly obscene, and thoroughly racist, ofBob Gould forgets that the group in the working class
> Boyle and the DSP
> leadership to accuse the ethnic communities in
> Marrickville who
> support Labor of being either intimidated or bribed.
he refers to is not the only one the DSP suggests is
intimidated and bribed. For example, the labour
aristocracy - the strata of workers with better
conditions of struggle - is also bribed, or, if
necessary, intimidated (for a spectular example,
consider the crushing of the pilots' strike in 1989).
In fact, I would suggest the general method of
capitalist politics in relation to sections of the
working class, at least once they have begun to reject
capitalist ideas, is always some combination of
intimidation and bribery.
The significance of the ALP (and other opportunist
parties, groups or trends in the working class) has
been carrying this out (and therefore is "the same" -
Shane's quotation marks were apt - as other capitalist
parties) in a particular way among two specific parts
of the working class (and is thus different from other
* The labour aristocracy, especially the part of it
that has some understanding of the power of workers'
collective organisation but has not resolved to use
this to overthrow capitalist rule.
* The mass of the working class among which the labour
aristocracy exerts its influence. This will perhaps
especially be those who are worst off, since they are
least likely to believe they will get any reforms or
otherwise be able to progress through capitalist
society by individual effort. Social democracy will
most clearly appear to be the "lesser evil" to them.
What makes Gould desperate is that the ALP has since
the 1980s lost influence among many better-off workers
affected or aware of the neo-liberal policy it has
conducted, a process strongly developed in inner-city
areas like Marrickville. Reacting to STARTING to lose
their relative privilege, they have developed a
political organisation (the Greens) against the ALP
which is a break in the two-party system of capitalist
rule this country has long experienced. So now the ALP
must scramble - using tactics which, in some respects,
any political party will need to develop to become
effective - to retain what support it can.
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