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Bikies and the Great Recession

The Great Recession is polarising politics. 

As the crisis deepens the extreme right will gain a hearing.

Radical reaction is growing again in the womb of society. Pauline Hanson won 22 percent of the vote in one electorate in the Queensland election on Saturday. The Liberals are shifting further to the Right.

Her supporters, to generalise, come from two groups – small businesses and the like and the voiceless in the working class.

These two groups formed the basis of the original Nazi movement – what some call the concentric rings of fascism.

Bikie groups are on the edge of society, drawn mainly from the young male working class. 

They give a sense of solidarity, of community, and of power, to the unemployed and badly paid that capitalist society and the pale pink politics that dominate cannot.

As the Great Recession deepens, and unemployment increases, there will be two consequences. 

Small business will feel more and more under threat and caught between big business and big labour (especially if strikes begin to increase). Second, unemployment will grow, throwing out of work many who have low skills and low pay.

These two trends could unite around a popular figure of the Right who has built a reputation on blaming victims for economic problems. 

Enter Pauline Hanson. She has a history of political activism around racism. 

 

Her simplistic economic ‘solutions’ reflect the anger of the middle class under threat from the economic crisis. She also appeals to non-unionised, regional workers and the unemployed.

As the bikies battle over their share of the drugs market, and their ranks swell as more workers lose jobs, they could move to develop a political expression for their profound alienation. 

Attempts to criminalise mere membership may spur bikies to find a common political grouping, despite their at times deadly differences. If the Liberals and Nationals can co-exist in one party in Queensland, why not Hells Angels and the Comancheros?

One political outlet for them may already exist – Hansonism or some version of it. 

The coalescing of an army of the unemployed with angry petit bourgeois would represent a real opportunity for fascism in Australia.

This is one more reason for the revolutionary left to continue to build itself as the protector of democracy and jobs through militant industrial action. There needs to be a revolutionary alternative and pole of attraction for the disaffected and the working class.

Only a new society based on democracy and production to satisfy human need can wipe fascism off the planet and destroy unemployment.

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Comment from Earth
Time March 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Tell me, when Sharia Law is allowed and women and girls find themselves beaten or killed for being raped, I hope are proud.

I lived in Sydney for two years(2002-2004) where, on every occasion I took my young girls into the City, I had Muslim men tell me that girls are shit, that all all white girls must be raped.

It won’t please you to know that I put one such fella in hospital with a broken or rib or two. Or the Leb’ I broke the nose of when he attacked me.

I’m just glad that 6 young Chinese men came to my aid when I found myself surrounded by about 6 Lebenese Muslims who were about to cowardly beat the stuffing out of me but hey, I’m white so I deserved it.

Every fool like yourself should be forced to live under Sharia Law, not allowed to endanger the lives of all women.

Comment from Earth
Time March 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

“Radical reaction is growing again in the womb of society. Pauline Hanson won 22 percent of the vote in one electorate in the Queensland election on Saturday. The Liberals are shifting further to the Right.”

What? Pauline and the Liberals have nothing to do with each other. In fact, they despise each other and I don’t like either of them myself.