[Marxism] Re: Balance sheet of the dispute in the Australian DSP
Ozleft at optusnet.com.au
Thu Jan 19 05:48:26 MST 2006
By Bob Gould
It's hard to know where to start in responding to the new DSP national
secretary Peter Boyle's post directed at me.
He demonstrates in spades my general point that he makes the most
extraordinary appeals to backwardness, mainly directed at an audience
inside the DSP. I don't remember accusing him, personally, of racism,
other than pointing out that it was racist of him to refer to me as whitey.
The whole exchange over this question arose from my criticism of a
report on the Marrickville by-election by Boyle's partner and fellow DSP
leader Pip Hinman. I drew out what I believe were racist implications in
Hinman's allegation that the Labor Party had bribed ethnic communities
in the more working-class end of Marrickville.
This implied racism in Hinman's report is thrown into even bolder relief
right now, as right-wing media demagogues such as Paul Sheehan, and the
Liberal Party, are making accusations essentially similar to Hinman's:
that Labor operators allegedly stack branches with Arabs and are soft on
crime allegedly carried out by members of Arab communities.
The DSP leaders have been notably silent about this xenophobic dual
attack on Arab communities and the Labor Party.
When I made my general point about this question concerning the
Marrickville by-election, Boyle went off his tree in several posts on
the Green Left list, calling me whitey and implying that I wouldn't know
anything about such matters.
At the time I was a bit flummoxed as to why a responsible socialist
political leaders would carry on like Eldridge Cleaver, but in
retrospect it's now clear that he was gathering an internal faction in
the DSP partly by appealing to such backwardness.
See below for the original article on the Marrickville by-election.
Boyle talks about me being a blowhard who has built nothing. Really,
that's a reaction to what Ed Lewis and I have built in the past three
years, Ozleft, which has acquired a certain audience in the labour
movement in these parts. It's worth noting that if I acquiesced in the
manoeuvres and projects of the Boyle leadership I would immediately
become an honoured socialist independent. But if I then had any serious
disagreements with the DSP, I would be once more consigned to the
sectarian darkness now occupied along with myself by three successive
groups of Socialist Alliance independents who dared to disagree with the
DSP racism in Marrickville by-election "analysis":
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