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Ludlum’s speech doesn’t specifically mention class let alone using it as the basis for fighting Abbott. All we have to do is wait 2 1/2 years to vote Abbott out. This is the talk of defeat, the strategy of failure, not fighting back.
Is there an alternative to Labor’s guided Schumpeterianism and the Liberals’ overt ‘let the market forces rip’ destruction of jobs and capital?
The Transport Workers Union has given a hint of an alternative. It has threatened strikes against QANTAS and its attempts to sack 5000 staff.
The Abbott government has taken the gloves off and will wage war on workers and unions. Why are our trade union leaders still playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules? Only a massive fight will force the class warmongers back into their trenches.
Don’t let Abbott destroy our trade unions. Rank and file workers need to organise demonstrations and strikes to defend our unions from this grave threat.
Capitalism could not flourish without crushing the resistance of people who wanted to live differently, writes Tom O’Lincoln in Red Flag. That has been true in every corner of the globe. Private property, wage labour and the drive to accumulate capital were incompatible with Aboriginal society. That incompatibility was the basis of the genocide that followed.
I have a suggestion for Australian Education Union Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood.
Organise a general strike to defend public education. Threaten to shut down all the public schools from the first day of term 1 in 2014. You have 2 months to build the campaign and win the support of teachers across Australia to strike if the Abbott government doesn’t back down. Get cracking.
I have a suggestion for teachers. Irrespective of what your leaders do, organise a general strike to defend public education.
For 30 years the left has been incrementally lowering its sights, conceding ideological terrain and hiding what radicalism it retains under a cloak of moderation write the editors of Red Flag. It has gotten us nowhere. If we are going to build a challenge to the status quo, it will be done only by being bold and unapologetic about our critique of the existing system, and the radical transformation that is necessary if humanity is going to have a future worth living.
The radical historian Howard Zinn once said: “What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in!” If we want progressive change, we should take Zinn’s words to heart. Our side needs to get organised and rebuild a rank and file socialist current in the unions and an activist tradition on the campuses.
It has been our side’s lack of preparedness to use our industrial strength at key points that has been our downfall. That is, it has been the conservatism of the union leadership, and the lack of any significant organised left in the unions to challenge this, that remains our side’s key weakness.
If we want to fight Abbott, we need to build a fight back beyond parliament – on the streets, on campuses and, most centrally, in our workplaces, where in our millions workers have real power. Already there are protests in defence of refugee rights and for same-sex marriage planned in the first few weeks of the Abbott government. We can guarantee there will be strikes. The new round of attacks, while profits are sacrosanct, will see to that.That means we need to build a political alternative, a new socialist movement that doesn’t think it can win change through parliament, but instead looks to the struggles outside of parliament as the basis of a working class mass movement to overturn the whole rotten system. We are a long way from that yet, but we have to and can make a start now.
The spin from Labor is that disunity cost them the election. This is fantasy land stuff. If only they had all united behind rabid neoliberalism then Labor would still be in power. Yeah, right. I have a bridge in Sydney to sell you too.
The disunity theme means that the real reasons – Labor’s massive shift to the right economically and socially over the last 3 decades and the collapse of class struggle over that period – can be and will be ignored by the neoliberals who are the ALP.
There is an alternative. Its name is struggle.