40796Re: NSW elections, the media and the will of the people
- Mar 27, 2007I don't usually seek to comment on Bob Gould's political universe, but
in the case of this little homily on the NSW elections I have to
congratulate him for his frankness in expressing his point of view.
After so many years on this list I doubt that this chronicler of the
left has been so articulate in arriving at a discernable outlook
--without once -- not once! -- denigrating those of us who choose to
stand aside from his loyalties.
Does this mark a change in Bob Gould? Is the old bolshey getting soft
with age? It may be all a bit pompous and patronising for contemporary
tastes but I'm sure we can forgive him as the quality of the argument
is here so coherent and salient.
I won't even attempt a summary of the treatise he offers the
registered leftist; but I will rework the poem by Bertolt Brecht so
that it attains the form Comrade Gould prefers:
After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writer's Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the media
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the media
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
Anyone who ever thought a Labor state government(and today there are
plenty of those) or indeed an impending federal one -- were in some
shape or form the enemy of so much in which you may believe, is
herein put to right by Comrade Gould. It seems that today you must be
cruel to be kind --even a touch masochistic -- and whatever you may
think of the ways and means these institutions of governance get up
to, always remember that being left, I mean a real state of left
beingness, isn't about the politics you strive for or the campaigns
you enlist in. Being REALLY left is about supporting the ALP
unconditionally and -- probably at times, when required, ncritically.
If that's too much for your stomach to digest, being left can also be
about supporting the Greens --at least so that they can be assured a
means of helping Labor across the line where being registered left
really matters: on polling day.
Fortunately, comrades and friends, Bertolt Brecht also had a favorite
saying which I think applies to our current conjuncture admirably and
touches on a aspect maybe BG forgot to mention in his earnestness and
celebration. With Labor ruling in every state and with Capital Hill
soon to fall to the Rudd juggernaut, the "will of the people" will
sooner or later need to confront the fact (even if Bob Gould cannot)
that "the proof of the pudding is always in the eating."
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