Re: Marrickville by-election
- By Bob Gould
Kim Bullimore and Peter Boyle respond to my analysis of the DSP
leadership's use of racist argument in pursuit of their sectarianism
towards Labor with, in the case of Bullimore, straight-out lies, and
in the case of Boyle, revealing, bald reiteration of the basically
racist DSP construct on multiculturalism.
Committeman Boyle, who occasionally struts his stuff by abusing me as
"whitey" and then claims it's a joke, presents as evidence of
presumably successful Labor Party intimidation of ethnic communities
his own, probably rather loaded, recollection of something he claims
happened 20 years ago.
I have as much respect for Boyle's alleged recollections as I have for
many of Mark Latham's alleged recollections, which is no respect at all.
The core of Boyle's racist argument against the many ethnic
communities that support the Labor Party, and the overwhelming
majority of blue-collar ethnic voters who support the ALP electorally,
is exactly the same political view expressed by right-wing populist
opponents of multiculturalism. Boyle writes in a racist way about
leaders of ethnic communities, who are in the ALP, as "brokers" of
votes. Who needs Piers Ackermann, Pauline Hanson, Andrew Bolt or
Miranda Devine when Peter Boyle can tell a similar story?
All this bluster by Hinman, Boyle and Bullimore is an attempt to
explain, in a facile way, the overwhelming support for Labor across
the country among predominantly blue-collar ethnic communities.
Boyle's view reduces general social trends to a conspiracy of a few
community leaders and Labor politicians.
In another context, Boyle has the utter gall to assert that Lenin
would support the current line of the DSP. What a political fraud!
All this is directed at trying to inflate the pretensions of the DSP
leadership as some kind of major political force.
Kim Bullimore, despite the abusive nature of her attacks on me,
introduces a bit more realism with her accounts of experiences on
various polling booths. She recounts three instances in different
elections in which representatives of ethnic groups have worked hard
for the Labor Party. The question arises: were they bribed,
intimidated or rounded up by vote brokers?
Unfortunately, Bullimore is a serial liar whenever the DSP is
challenged. She baldly asserts that I invented the quotes from Pip
Hinman, and when it's pointed out to her that unfortunately for the
DSP I didn't invent the quote, she passes off her initial lie as a
mistake made late at night, poor thing, and then throws in another
lie: that I supported Claire Martin's attack on the Long Grass
dwellers in the Northern Territory. I did nothing of the kind.
I said that I sharply disagreed with Martin's attack on Aboriginal
people, but that it was completely mad of the DSP to write off the
whole of the NT Labor Party, with its large Aboriginal component,
including the first Aboriginal ministers in the NT, as a bunch of racists.
The DSP leadership has little shame when discussing these very big
questions. It's as if their only criterion in politics was exposure of
Labor, which is political madness of a very high order.
It's particularly obscene, and thoroughly racist, of Boyle and the DSP
leadership to accuse the ethnic communities in Marrickville who
support Labor of being either intimidated or bribed. Pip Hinman in her
"analysis" of the Marrickville by-election made that accusation
contemporary. There's no evidence of that.
I can do no more than forcefully repeat my assertion that the DSP
leadership and Hinman's alleged analysis of the voting pattern of
ethnic communities in Marrickville is racist through and through and
particularly dangerous in the current political climate, in which
right-wing populists are using exactly the same type of arguments to
attack the labour movement and migrant communites.
- --- bobgould987 <bobgould987@...> wrote:
> It's particularly obscene, and thoroughly racist, ofBob Gould forgets that the group in the working class
> Boyle and the DSP
> leadership to accuse the ethnic communities in
> Marrickville who
> support Labor of being either intimidated or bribed.
he refers to is not the only one the DSP suggests is
intimidated and bribed. For example, the labour
aristocracy - the strata of workers with better
conditions of struggle - is also bribed, or, if
necessary, intimidated (for a spectular example,
consider the crushing of the pilots' strike in 1989).
In fact, I would suggest the general method of
capitalist politics in relation to sections of the
working class, at least once they have begun to reject
capitalist ideas, is always some combination of
intimidation and bribery.
The significance of the ALP (and other opportunist
parties, groups or trends in the working class) has
been carrying this out (and therefore is "the same" -
Shane's quotation marks were apt - as other capitalist
parties) in a particular way among two specific parts
of the working class (and is thus different from other
* The labour aristocracy, especially the part of it
that has some understanding of the power of workers'
collective organisation but has not resolved to use
this to overthrow capitalist rule.
* The mass of the working class among which the labour
aristocracy exerts its influence. This will perhaps
especially be those who are worst off, since they are
least likely to believe they will get any reforms or
otherwise be able to progress through capitalist
society by individual effort. Social democracy will
most clearly appear to be the "lesser evil" to them.
What makes Gould desperate is that the ALP has since
the 1980s lost influence among many better-off workers
affected or aware of the neo-liberal policy it has
conducted, a process strongly developed in inner-city
areas like Marrickville. Reacting to STARTING to lose
their relative privilege, they have developed a
political organisation (the Greens) against the ALP
which is a break in the two-party system of capitalist
rule this country has long experienced. So now the ALP
must scramble - using tactics which, in some respects,
any political party will need to develop to become
effective - to retain what support it can.
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