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The government’s racist and xenophobic attacks not only allow the respectable racists to come forth. They encourage the fascists and hard racists to not only air their filth but to attempt to mobilise around racism. The most recent example was the ‘United Patriots’ demonstration on Sunday in Melbourne which was an attempt to shut down socialist councillor Stephen Jolly. The left mobilised against the fascists and stopped them silencing Jolly. This is a victory for democracy.
The respectable racists have crawled out from under their rocks (often padded with copies of mainstream newspapers) to condemn the anti-fascist protestors. We have to confront not just the fascists but expose the respectable racists and the government which nurtures and provokes their racism too. We have to oppose the racists whenever they organise their Reclaim White Australia rallies. Just as importantly we have to challenge the governments which demonise asylum seekers, which attack Aborigines and point the finger accusingly at Muslims and which attack our jobs, or wages and our services.
Senate socialist candidate calls on ABC workers to strike indefinitely to defend the public broadcaster
Independent socialist and prospective ACT Senate candidate, John Passant, today called on ABC staff to walk off the job indefinitely to stop the mass sackings taking place right now.
Independent socialist and prospective Senate candidate in the ACT, John Passant, today welcomed the selection of former Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as the Labor Party’s replacement for retiring Senator Kate Lundy.
Mr Passant said that he looked forward to debating the neoliberal and pro-austerity Ms Gallagher on the big economic and social issues of the day. Let’s shake up politics in Australia, he said. Put a Socialist in the Senate.
On the surface this deal with various Labor factions appears unprincipled and further confirmation that for Socialist Alternative in Australia top down politics has overtaken bottom up approaches to building struggles.
War, environmental destruction, inequality, global poverty: are we socialists really the extremists?
“Extremism” is a common trope of the establishment commentariat when decrying anyone whose views fall outside the narrow neoliberal political range of the major parties writes James Plested in Red Flag. The kind of people who write diatribes against the “extremism” of Socialist Alternative are the same people who, for example, see any real attempt at addressing climate change as tantamount to a communist conspiracy, and who positively gushed over the government’s decision to spend more than $12 billion on fighter jets, at the cost of health, education and welfare.
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.
Unlike John Faulkner, don’t waste your time on the Labor Party, a moribund organisation of time servers and careerists bowing down at the altar of profit.
Instead check out Socialist Alternative and consider becoming part of a growing movement of revolutionaries in Australia to help build the fightbacks needed today and ultimately to challenge the dictatorship of capital.
What’s certain for me, writes Jorge Jorquera, is that revolutionaries have to stand up and be counted – preferably in the same organisation. Right now the organisation to be in is Socialist Alternative. It’s the one organisation in Australia profiling revolutionary politics and prioritising the theoretical discussions of Marxism that need to be put upfront in this period.
There’s no organisation that fits all but if you join in the struggle you can help try build one.
The battle against injustice is universal. In Australia it is the struggle against our own rulers and the injustices they perpetrate and perpetuate here and overseas. More power to the left of the Greens in their battles for justice, not just for Palestinians but for Australians too.
We must begin the task of getting organised around revolutionary ideas today if we are to make the most of the inevitable reaction against the horrors and inequalities of the capitalist system in the future, and to overthrow it for good.