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This is not about saying join this or that socialist group although I do think groups like Socialist Alternative are worth having a look at. It is about asking Labor members and supporters who want to understand the degeneration of their party to do so in the context of its managerial role in Australian capitalism and to see that degeneration as part and parcel of that role.
In the circumstances of reformism’s despair and degeneration, abuse becomes a substitute for politics. To win laughter back we on the left need to help organise the fight, fight, fight against the neoliberalism of both parties which renders so many on the soft left, in their passivity, humourless and without hope.
The last 30 years have not been a battle between two different political ideologies but a Mafia family dispute over how best to rob the rest of us for the benefit of the whole gang. That is one of the reasons why calls for an election now, especially one solely brought about by parliamentary game playing, are misguided. Replacing one set of neoliberal politicians with another set won’t address the problems or the systemic drivers forcing the parliamentary cretins to manage society in the interests of capital. The mafia dons of Labor are still mafia dons.
Those demanding “modernisation” of the Australian Labor Party want a party like the Democrats in the United States writes Rick Kuhn in Red Flag. Shorten’s reforms reinforce the long term trend towards such a party, in which union officials have minimal influence but union funds are gratefully received, and party leaders don’t need to spend much time justifying their actions when they sink the boot into workers.
Looking at the Griffith by-election tea leaves misses the much bigger plantation. Butler’s victory won’t stop a witch hunting Royal Commission into unions or the loss of thousands of jobs in Shepparton if SPC closes. It won’t prevent the re-establishment of the dictatorial Australian Building and Construction Commission. It won’t save car jobs or the Barrier Reef.
Her election won’t defend Medicare.
Electing Butler won’t address climate change or the increasing inequality that both Labor and the Liberals have engineered. It won’t dismantle the racist demonising of asylum seekers. The cops will continue to kill or injure Aboriginal people in custody. We won’t win marriage equality by asking the Butler.
These immediate goals of the Left plus defending jobs, wages and conditions, will have to be built on the back of big strikes and mass demonstrations. If we don’t fight we lose.
The Australian Federal Police won’t investigate possible misuse of parliamentary expenses independently or systemically. They and the politicians are all part of the ruling class and won’t do anything to undermine the facade of parliamentary respectability.
Prominent past and present Labor politicians, liberal literati and ALP well-wishers in the Murdoch press have been complaining for years about the influence of factions inside the party writes Rick Kuhn in Red Flag.
Whether this whingeing is accompanied by calls to curb connections with the unions or not, it is part of a campaign to liquidate Labor’s links with its working class base. That would turn the ALP into a pastel version of the deep blue Liberal Party, the equivalent of the US Democratic Party, another straightforward party of big business.
Bill Shorten says the era of the Messiah is over. Yeah. Very naught boys rule, OK?
What a choice Labor Party members have! It’s a choice between a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw an historic the shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap and a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw the historic shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap.
It is not ALP members who are divorced from the concerns of ordinary Australians – it is Labor politicians.
The majority of the population are well to the left of both of the major parties of neoliberalism.