6919Re: GLW list and Carl Kenner in the twilight zone
- Jun 10, 2004The DSP and Carl Kenner still in the twilight zone
By Bob Gould
The curious responses to my recent post are instructive politically.
Carl Kenner accuses the ALP of further crimes, which include support
for the British monarchy. Brother Kenner lives in a very strange universe.
There's a fair bit of spirited debate about the danger of Peter
Garrett, but still not a word about the immense pressure from the US
government and the right wing of the US and Australian ruling classes
on Mark Latham and the Labor Party to reverse the Iraq withdrawal policy.
To me, that seems the most pressing immediate conflict at the moment,
but the alleged Marxists in the DSP orbit have not a word to say about it.
In response to a new poster (and possibly an earlier post from Shane
Hopkinson), which raised the same point, gently asking for a response
on my points, we get this morning's patriotic rhetoric from Sue B that
the failure to comment on the Victorian ALP conference conflict was
simply a matter of resources.
That's pretty rich from Sue B, the ostensible expert on the Victorian
labour movement, who has written several lengthy pieces on the various
forces at work there. One would have thought that Sue B wouldn't have
found it a difficult task to do a short appraisal of the Victorian ALP
conference cross-factional union collision with the Bracks Government.
This issue has broader political implications because, if a federal
Labor government is elected, which seems possible, the ability of the
industrial and political labour movement to exert maximum pressure on
the federal Labor government on industrial matters will be sharply posed.
There has also been a bit of erudite interplay between Alan Bradley
and Carl Kenner as to whether all members of the ALP are bad, or only
all influential members. Personally, I'd classify Martin Kingham,
Michelle O'Neil and a number of others active in the trade union
movement as influential members of the ALP, and many militants will be
looking to them for the kind of intelligent and courageous lead that
they gave at the Victorian ALP conference, in the inevitable struggles
with an incoming federal Labor government.
There's has been no GLW comment at all about any of these important
questions. This whole universe of the conflict and struggles within
the official labour movement on big questions passes by Green Left
Weekly almost completely.
That gets us back to the immediate and over-riding political
questions: the considerable enthusiasm on the left side of society for
Labor to defeat Howard in the elections, for the Greens to do well in
the elections and possibly have the balance of power in the Senate,
and for maintaining the pressure on an incoming Labor government to
withdraw the troops from Iraq.
The current, brutal centrepiece of this whole political situation is
the enormous pressure building up from the right of Australian society
and the US bourgeoisie, Howard, the Murdoch press, etc, to humiliate
and thereby politically domesticate Latham, and now Garrett, and the
rest of the ALP, and as part of the same process to ride over the Greens.
It's very striking that it seems impossible for any major figures in
the DSP orbit to make any general political statement about these
questions. All you get is trivia about Garrett, twilight zone abuse
from Carl Kenner and a self-interested whinge from Sue B that making a
political appraisal of the real political situation in Australia and
the workers movement is merely a question of available journalistic
The DSP is still blundering around in the twilight zone, it seems.
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