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John.oneill at passcdp.ie
Fri Aug 24 05:16:39 MDT 2007
Beyond the Life of Brian - Sectarianism and the Left
Anyone who has been around the radical left for a while will have heard countless jibes about the "People's Front of Judea". The stubborn relevance of a Monty Python sketch from nearly thirty years ago suggests that left-wing sectarianism is as much of a problem as it ever was. And it's as good a starting-point as any for looking at that problem.
George Galloway could hardly object to being called a polarising figure. And indeed, he'd surely be happy to accept the label - his whole approach to politics is brash, abrasive and designed to provoke a strong reaction. But hostility to Galloway isn't confined to supporters of the Iraq war and conservative elements in general - many socialist and anti-war militants find him infuriating. It's worth asking why.
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Colm Breathnach shows the relevance of a work written a century and a half ago to contemporary struggles. A shorter version of this article first appeared in "Red Banner" 27.
Green fig leaf: the weakest link.
The Green Party's decision to enter government with Fianna Fáil hardly came as a surprise given that party's drift to the right but the scale of the sell-out leaves one breathless. Anyone expecting radical reforms will be sorely disappointed as swathes of Green policy vanish leaving only vague aspirations. Gone are all the key principles.
The Left and the Balkan Wars
There was a flurry of excitement some time ago about a controversial interview with Noam Chomsky in the Guardian. Chomsky himself strongly contested the account of his views given by the article, and in due course the paper repudiated it. Reading over the text, there's little doubt that the journalist (Emma Brockes) was trying too hard to cause a stir - with the goal of scalping a well-known figure firmly on her mind, she lost the run of herself and delivered a sloppy, inaccurate and misleading piece. What many people lost sight of during the controversy, though, was the light it shone on a troubling problem: the persistence of left-wing stupidity concerning the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
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