Have your say -Saturday’s socialist speak out
There’s a headline in Socialist Alternative which for me sums up Wikileaks. Truth is a crime in the empire of lies. The slow drip release of information shows every day that our leaders lie to us. The information released so far vindicates the views of the Left on a whole range of issues – Afghanistan, China, the duplicity of diplomacy, imperialism, the relationship of the Australian and US ruling classes…
And the fury of the reaction of the Obama Government reinforces our argument that democratic rights are not important to the ruling class if democracy stands in the way of profit.
The real criminals sit in Washington and Canberra.
Chinese democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize and the dictatorship went crazy. He rots in jail for ‘crimes’ against the regime. Global campaigner for our right to know what our lying leaders really think, Julian Assange, has driven the US dictatorship and its acolytes, like the Australian Government, crazy too. He rots in jail fighting extradition to Sweden on rape and other sexual assault charges.
Labor Party Minister Mark Arbib is a US informant. This, and the fact there has been no outrage n the ALP about his duplicity, neatly captures the role of Labor and its complete degeneration today.
Labor has attacked its female staff to save money instead of paying them decent wages.
Charles and Camilla had a meet and greet with students. Evidently it went well.
Meanwhile banks continue to make super profits at our expense, and Labor won’t tax them. It will however release a puff piece of ‘measures to encourage competition’. As Lenin wrote, competition leads to monopoly. Labor knows this; the Coalition know it. So they pretend to do something while the Big 4 banks increase their market share and look longingly at the holy grail – taking over one of their rivals.
Dissatisfaction with Labor has seen some unions mutter about supporting progressive candidates. Even the lapdogs from the Australian Council of trade Unions have made vague nosies about not getting much from the Gillard Government. Are we witnessing the first tentative steps towards a possible new party of the trade union bureaucracy? Or is this just bureaucratic manoeuvring to put pressure on the ALP?
Real pressure would be to strike against this rotten reactionary Labor Government. Community sector workers – overwhelmingly women, and very badly paid – are holding demonstrations on Wednesday for equal pay. I’ll be with them in Canberra from noon outside the ALP-Greens ACT Government Legislative Assembly.
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