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49285Re: [GreenLeft_discussion] Dopey exposure as usual for the DSP

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  • duroyan fertl
    Dec 6, 2007
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      Don't hold your breath Bob, there's no need - we do indeed study the history of the labour movement, and recognise the contradictions at work (which, from all your bluster about the ALP, one might almost be led to doubt that you really do).

      We wouldn't mind if you held your tongue, however, as it only seems capable of spewing forth one-sided, dopey, "exposure" of the DSP, rather than contributing meaningfully to discussions about how those contradictions might best be used to radicalise and organise the working class in Australia.

      "Learned nothing and forgotten nothing" indeed!


      bobgould987 <bobgould987@...> wrote: Struggles begin to develop in the workers and labour movements, but
      it's back to the dopey exposure business for the DSP leadership

      By Bob Gould

      Discussion on far left email lists, such as Green Left, Marxmail and
      Leftwrites since the Howard government's electoral defeat has been
      trivial and rather stupid. Most of the discussion has paid little
      attention to the enormous popular mobilisation that was essential for
      the Howard government's electoral defeat.

      Contributors on Green Left and Leftwrites, insofar as they mention the
      mobilisation, barely acknowledge the electoral mobilisation organised
      by the trade union movement. They treat the electoral victory as
      really a kind of defeat because spectacular mass strikes and militant
      activity didn't predominate.

      This view is idiotic. It leaves out of account the defensive mood that
      dominates the working class at the moment and implies that had the
      leaders of the labour movement called more strikes, etc, things would
      have been better. On this score the Socialist Alternative contributors
      on Leftwrites are the worst.

      Such word play is hopeless metaphysics. Several contributors say that
      failing militant industrial mobilisations all you got was electoral
      politics replacing one bunch of conservatives with another, to
      paraphrase Tom O'Lincoln. In this universe there are no victories for
      the working class unless they are sparked by tiny vanguard groups.
      This kind of perversion of Marxism — which at its best must involve a
      recognition of contradiction and dialectics, of ebbs and flows — is of
      course not necessary for groups obsesses with timeless propaganda. All
      that's necessary for such groups is to belt out the propaganda in the
      hope that somehow, somewhere, it will work.

      The DSP majority is a bit more cautious, leaving it to their more
      incoherent and quasi-religious supporters to say that kind of thing.
      What the DSP leadership does, however, via the energetic cyber-warrior
      Norm Dixon, is to belt out a one-sided, totally exposure-driven view
      of the universe. They wheel out various articles from the bourgeois
      media, in which right-wing pundits desperately try to domesticate the
      new government, as if the hopes of these pundits were already
      accomplished an fact, which is by no means the case.

      Two areas of conflict demonstrate these groups' bankrupt view of
      politics. Since the election, Warren Snowdon, a vocal opponent of the
      bad aspects of the Howard government's abrogation of Aboriginal rights
      in the NT, has been appointed to the Rudd cabinet. Another major
      opponent of the intervention, the redoubtable NT indigenous leader
      Marion Scrimgeour, has been made deputy leader of the NT Labor
      government. The massive vote for Labor in Aboriginal communities
      throughout Australia, even in Noel Pearson's bailiwick of north
      Queensland, shows that the intervention is unpopular among indigenous

      Many indigenous leaders have addressed the new government in a careful
      way, applying pressure to get the government to act promptly to get
      rid of the bad aspects of the NT intervention. Meanwhile, the
      reactionaries in the Murdoch and other media are pleading with Rudd to
      preserve the intervention. Struggle is obviously proceeding, but all
      Norm Dixon can focus on is a Murdoch media report about Warren
      Mundine, one of yesterday's Aboriginal leaders in the Labor Party,
      pleading with the government to stick with the Howard intervention.

      Dixon and his associates can't recognise a mass conflict if it's
      taking place in the broad labour movement and indigenous community
      because they can't afford to recognise any struggle that takes place
      in the broad labour movement. Their crackpot perspective forces them
      to ignore every significant event that they can't fit into their
      rather anti-working-class schema about the inevitable betrayals of the
      broader labour movement.

      Another area of struggle concerns the proposed privatisation of
      electricity in NSW, along with some aspects of the railways and the
      Sydney ferries. This struggle is proceeding in a very public way, led
      by a number of unions that are generally part of the Labor right, by
      Unions NSW, and also it must be said by pretty well the whole of the
      Labor left, including the deputy premier.

      It's just possible that the anti-privatisation forces in the broader
      labour movement may win the battle. Dixon and his associates are
      incapable of commenting on these developments, firstly because their
      world view prevents them from recognising real contradictions, and
      secondly because if they do recognise the development of this
      important struggle it would force them to recognised the stupidity of
      their empty Labor-always-betrays rhetoric.

      Dixon and his associates are like the Bourbon kings of old who have
      learned nothing and forgotten nothing, and nothing at all interests
      them if it doesn't feed their ridiculous pretensions to being at the
      centre of political struggle.

      Life in Australia, as it always does, is now settling down for the
      end-of-year holiday period. Dixon, DSP majority leader Peter Boyle and
      the Socialist Alternative bunch would do well to study a bit about the
      contradictory history of the labour movement in Australia, but I'm not
      holding my breath.

      Duroyan Fertl
      State Convenor, NSW Socialist Alliance
      (02) 9690 1977/ 0403 919 377
      For the millions, not the millionaires!

      Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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