25293Re: the left in the Labor Party
- Jan 15, 2006--- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "alanb1000"
>And there rests the primary tragedy.Despite the ALP's supposed
> I'll give you one name, that of a person who I know wouldn't mind: Neil
potential to offer activists a broad and, dare I say it, "relevant"
network of like minded types, left activists, if and where they exist,
tend to be isolated and at the mercy of the rest of the party.
I referred folk to what happened to Georges when he spoke up. And
here, Alan shares with us the consequences of Neil Reithmuller's
actions during the very same episodes I referred to. He got rolled in
the local TLC by his comrades, no doubt, members of the ALP.
Of course Alan is right when he says the ALP is the only home "for the
left" around the country because there is nothing else on hand in so
many locales. That is in fact the same argument he has used for the
But aside from this factor of x number of often isolated individuals
or small pockets of same, the major factor bearing down on this left
in the ALP is that not only has its organisation collapsed (albeit
unevening around the country), and not only has it been buoyed up
primarily by pragmatism -- but the whole left culture within the party
Indeed, this is why Dale Mills finds it hard to locate the genus. He
can't find the herd.
I pointed out what were George Georges standards of leftiness -- but
such standards would be way way too high for the left in the ALP
today. And no matter what anyone says about relevance and reach out,
the left platform in the ALP is a bit of a cynical joke.
And that's not just me being facetious.
We can 'call' it left and by doing so prove how open and non sectarian
we are -- but the reality is that whatever platform exists so very
seldom gets an airing.
And a case in point is on refugees. This is no doubt the major plank
on whatever platform the left collectively subscribes to in the ALP--
no matter how amorphous and dissipated it may now be. But I need to
remind people that this line in the sand was brutally rejected at the
last ALP federal conference.
Indeed, Labor for Refugees and an alternative policy on internment was
one of the main victims of Lathamism.
One would think that if an issue arose that was so salient to anyone's
radical identity this would be cause for galvanization and there'd be
a new rise of inner party struggle. But I don't see that, do you?
despite the many 'issues' this isn't happening.
Labor backed Howards anti terrorism laws both federally and state
branch by state branch -- but where was this left?
If my argument is correct and we are talking about a gaggle of left
activists around the country in many cases isolated from one another
how do we relate to them? And the same could be said of these same
types within the Greens...
Hey. Something just came to me. You know what I think would be a great
idea: a national newspaper. Yes, thats' it! That's the ticket! Lets'
publish a regular newspaper and distribute it as widely and as
aggressively as we can and get it into the hands of these people so
they can link up with all the major struggles in the country. What a
simply FABULOUS idea!
What's that you say? It exists! We'll I'll be damned.
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