[Marxism] New Zealand: Left must be part of internet freedom fight

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 00:25:15 MDT 2014

Well yeah Joe can be excitable. I just puyblished interview with John
Minto, who strikes me as pretty grounded.It should be read in conjunction
with the rest of coverage. (But it still has Joe in the photo, because he
is too excitable to stay out of photos)

On 19 September 2014 13:21, Philip Ferguson via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> From Stuart Monckton:
> "On the impact of the meeting, Carolan said: ?There is huge energy in this
> hall. I think people are moving from here to really participate to fight to
> defend democracy and civil rights.
> "I think it has vindicated those of us in the MANA Movement who have teamed
> up with this generation of internet freedom fighters."
> Joe has always been quite excitable.  If there are 20 people on a picket,
> Joe will suggest there were 50 and it's a sing of a massive upsurge in the
> class struggle.
> Mana has hooked up with multi-millionaire pirate capitalist Kim Dotcom.  He
> has now largely funded their electoral campaign which is an alliance
> between Dotcom's Internet Party and Mana.  Dotcom hired Laila Harre to lead
> his vanity project.  Laila is a longtime social-democrat, her last job but
> one, for which she was paid a very substantial salary, was as one of the
> management team overseeing the laying off of hundreds of council workers in
> Auckland.  That looked good on her CV for her last job, working for the
> ILO, as it showed she can see things from both workers' and bosses'
> viewpoints.
> More recently, Dotcom's own record as an employer has been cast in rather
> questionable light.
> Moreover, as a leading NZ left-wing playwright and screen writer, Dean
> Parker noted recently on Redline, unions had negotiated with big studios
> for percentage shares of film earnings to go to union members who worked on
> set.  Dotcom's Megaupload site paid no such royalities.
> The InternetMana lash-up is a product of the almost non-existent nature of
> the class struggle here right now, and its reflection in a lack of
> independent working class politics of any sort.
> That can't be wished away by fanciful tales of what InternetMana are about
> or what the Auckland town hall meeting represented.  For something billed
> the 'Moment of Truth' it never managed to score a direct hit on John Key.
> In fact, it has somewhat backfired on Kim Dotcom.
> This may not be the reality that some on the left here wish to hear, or
> recognise, but it is still the reality.
> I hope Hone (Harawira, leader of Mana) gets back in, but I have no time for
> these kinds of cross-class electoral lash-ups by which sections of the left
> indicate they can be just as 'cute' in rorting the electoral system as the
> right.
> Phil
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