49285Re: [GreenLeft_discussion] Dopey exposure as usual for the DSP
- Dec 6, 2007Don'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.
State Convenor, NSW Socialist Alliance
(02) 9690 1977/ 0403 919 377
For the millions, not the millionaires!
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