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The Coke and Pepsi election

This is the Coke and Pepsi election. There is no substance; there are no substantial differences.

There is a lot of mindless advertising to persuade us to choose one brand over the other, and puerile attempts at differentiation, but the end result is the same – fizzy and sugary no matter what the choice and of no nutritional value to the body politic whatsoever.

In fact the consumption of either of the two brands will be positively harmful to our economic and political health.

On war, on refugees, on tax, on the economy, on education, on public health, on climate change, on same sex marriage, on the racism of the Northern Territory intervention  – what stands out is not the differences but the essential similarities.

This election is the culmination of the final degeneration of the ALP into a thoroughly bourgeois capitalist party with union bureaucrat and middle class professional linkages, personnel and influence.

The managerial class of capitalism has taken over the Labor Party and rules in its interests and with its world view. It is the Party of symbolic reform, of grand gestures that cost little but give the impression of action.

It is the Party of the Kyoto Concerned and the Stolen Apologists who sell the image of care while delivering the knife of reaction. 

It is the Party now of ruling for sectional interests of capital, not for capital as a whole.

It rules for the polluters, the big miners, the car companies and for the big banks, for Telstra and Woolies and Coles. It rules in fear of Murdoch.

The tension in the ALP between the two roles is resolving itself in favour of particular interests of capital at the expense of the general interests of capital.

The historic function of Labor as the party of capital’s interests is coming to an end. The links with the unions now provide a steady flow of sometimes talented, often talentless, bureaucrats to warm the benches of Parliament.

These links have become the conduit for the imposition of the latest pro-capitalist reform dressed up as some benefit for working people.

They are one way streets of Labor diktats to the working class through the agency of a spineless cowering and cowardly union leadership on the gravy train of Labor patronage or its possibilities.

Julia Gillard’s triumph over Kevin Rudd gave the last rites to that dead body of reformist politics known as the Australian Labor Party.

May it rest not in peace but in torment as a ghost of principles past, watching from its twilight after-life the rise of a vibrant, lively left wing challenge to its rule, one that dares to dream life to humanity, one that dares to scream life to humanity.

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Comment from Marco
Time July 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

John,

As I’m growing increasingly depressed, let me try to brighten the horizon with a humorous quote (from a National Times poster):

“As far as I can see Labor and the Coalition are Tweedledum and Tweedledee playing hoppo bumpo for the middle ground of politics.”

Another one said they were Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber.

Take your pick.

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Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time July 29, 2010 at 9:58 am

The Hobson & Buckley election, with help from Morton’s Fork.

Comment from Champas
Time July 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

The Coke Pepsi comparison is made almost every election. It’s such a vague statement that people of any side can unitedly agree on it.
Labor and Liberal’s similarities are a reflection of the fact that Australia’s economic system works pretty well for the vast majority of people. That is why few members of the public want to see drastic change. When a party promises drastic change, like WorkChoices, they are kicked out. That is not to say that drastic change couldn’t deliver even better results, but a revolution is unlikely while most people are satisfied with their lot.
For all your criticism of the ALP, you are being very one-eyed if you can’t see some pretty dramatic differences between the last 3 years and the previous 11. Can you imagine John Howard passing legislation to substantially increase equal rights for gay people? Or introducing maternity leave (over my dead body, said Abbott)? Fair Work may be imperfect, but I know which one I’d much rather work under.

Comment from Arjay
Time July 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

John you have been viewing “Fall of the Republic” Alex Jones.The same analogy is made about US Politics.We think we have choice but in reality there are others behind the scene pulling the strings.

I knew Julia had rolled over when she was waxing lyrical from the Lowy Institute.Her boyfriend Mathieson then gets a job with Dadon, a Jewish lobby group.Big business has them by the short and curlies.Malcolm Turnbull has been in that camp for a long time.

It is just reflection of the USA situation where 300 of Congress signed a letter of allegiance to never criticise Israel no matter what they do.

So don’t expect any social justice for pensioners or others from either of the major parties.It will be more austerity measures to keep this parasitic derivatives market alive for the elites.

They will destroy real productivity at the behest of their greed and power,just like the Middle Ages.

Comment from Dee
Time July 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm

@ Champas … works pretty well for the vast majority? … yeah, sure it screws the lot of us … have you ever heard of the ABCC? … which legislation provides EQUAL rights for gay people? … for hundreds of years governments have been putting in place legislation and regulation that provides the exact opposite of the name of the item … that’s how they have tricked you!