New Metropoles

Doyle Saylor djsaylor at
Mon Nov 8 22:28:35 MST 1999

>Why though did the Republic fail? It is inconceivable that a modern
>nation like
>Australia would vote *for* the Windsor family.

  Not at all. The question was absurd -- stick with the way things are
now; or have a president that is voted in by the parliament, who can
be sacked by the PM. What kind of nonsense is that? It takes a great
deal of political confidence to vote for something so backward and
stupid; a confidence that most people (about 60%) do not have.

>Not only does the Queen and her
>brood represent the feudal,

  At least some Australians see the Union Jack and Queen representive
of being a part of a "greater" whole; playing up to the racism of
being 'surrounded' by Asians but having the Great White Power to
protect them and claim as their own.

>However the working class rejected modernisation and voted for a
>return to the past.

  They voted to *stay* where they are. What 'modernisation' did the
republic offer that was in the interests of working class power?

>All political parties have endorsed
>the politics of neo-liberalism.

  Yes. The working class has ALWAYS been out of options when working
through a bourgeois government to implement proletarian goals. Gains
have been made, but gains are always in the way of reforms to the
power of bourgeois dictatorship.


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