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Of weddings, wars and wowsers – have your say in Saturday’s socialist speak out

Another bludger has joined the royal parasites. Some working class people in Britain and Australia rejoiced. Just as they cheered and cheer when ‘their’ armies invade other countries.

Here in Australia the head of Australian Christian lobby tweeted on ANZAC Day ‘Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!’

For those unfamiliar with Australian history ANZAC Day is Australia’s most sacred day, a festival of reaction celebrating war and the defeat of Australian and New Zealand troops in 1915 in Turkey.

This fascination with the lives of billionaire bludgers, killing and religion, often all intermixed, reflects our alienation from our humanity. 

In Socialist Review István Mészáros describes alienation in these terms:

To put it simply, the alienation of humankind in the fundamental sense of the term means the loss of control: its embodiment in an alien force which confronts the individuals as a hostile and potentially destructive power, unceremoniously overruling their aims and designs, and subjecting them to its own determinations.

When Marx analysed alienation in his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, he indicated four principal aspects of it: (1) the alienation of human beings from nature; (2) from their own productive activity; (3) from their characteristics as members of the human species; and (4) from each other. He forcefully underlined that all this is not at all the deed of some “fatality of nature”, as indeed the structural antagonisms of the capital system are characteristically misrepresented, so as to leave them in their place. Rather, it is the far from mysterious outcome of a determinate type of social and historical development which could be positively altered by a conscious intervention in the historical process.

A conscious intervention in the historical process is revolution, the working class entering onto the stage of history and in the process of overthrowing capitalism liberating itself and making the class fit to govern. Then the muck of ages can disappear.

As a class we can empower ourselves and in doing so would no longer have to endure structures of feudalism, let alone capitalism, and celebrations of war, bigotry and the mysticism of religion. As Trotsky put it ‘Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression, and violence, and enjoy it to the full.’

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Comment from Gradool
Time April 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

Sorry JP, are you including yourself in the amorphous grouping “the working class”? If so I would love to know the basis for that classification given your apparent middle class status. Aren’t you “part of the problem”?

Comment from Terrance
Time April 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

C’mon the wedding was a good night of bread and circuses. Most of the crowd were working class Poms having a day of escape and pageantry. Bit harsh on the couple really they do a lot of charity work.

Comment from Gradool
Time May 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

Terrance, unfortunately, in order to qualify as a true believer on this blog you need to embrace victimhood and espouse hatred of anything not as pure as you. I assume they’ll talk about how charity work by the Windsors would be unnecessary in the socialist utopia they see coming … just over the next horizon, just gotta keep believing … ;))

Comment from Terrance
Time May 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

I always thought I came from working class stock and I don’t mind a bit of your Royals cavorting about. A bit better than watching millionaire footballers fostering capitalism for the benefit of Murdoch. Bit surprised John P loves his NRL and AFL given they are run by multinational capitalists who exploit workers and dictate whom they can play for and what they can earn. But they do treat women so well …!!

Comment from John
Time May 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

Dave Zirin, More than just a game.

Comment from John
Time May 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Terrance, you and others have misunderstood the [piece. It is arguing for workers to withhold their labour to improve their living standards. It is trying to connect to some of them through football where AFL players are talking tough to get back some of the wealth that goes to Murdoch and Stokes and the like.

Comment from Terrance
Time May 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Sorry mate – yes, I see where you’re comming from. But it’s still a dodgy set up with Murdoch running the League and the salary cap and draft restricting the players labour. AFL is a sham – billions in TV rights and very little for the players. That’s why I can’t watch it anymore.

I just see sport at this level as capitalism personified. Young blokes chewed up and spat out. You play for a ‘team’ yet get paid differing incomes. And worse, we never accord writers or artists this kind of opportunity to earn and propser. At least the Soviets understood how to fund the arts and science.