It gets worse by the second
Some time ago, unless I’m a complete dummkopf in using computer search (which is possible), Green Left Weekly appears to have dumped the once very useful list it used to have of coming events on the left.
Over the past couple of years, as the DSP leadership’s pretensions to being the centre of the leftist universe got steadily worse, the coming events listings became increasingly ridiculous. Because of a reluctance on the DSP leadership’s part to promote, or even mention, events organised by anyone else, and because of the DSP’s declining real mass connections, particularly in the major centres, the coming events gradually became quite absurd.
Eventually, it was almost entirely a list of places where Green Left was sold, and the times.
I mention this because of the DSP leadership’s bizarre behaviour towards the developing mass movement in NSW against electricity privatisation.
Green Left‘s very limited coverage of this, so far, has studiously avoided mentioning the revolt of ALP branches against the privatisation, which now has a very organised and widespread character.
This week’s Green Left carries that sectarianism to a very high point. Dick Nichols has a very long, rather complex and slightly abstract attack on the privatisation, which is all right as far as it goes, but Nichols fails to mention the two major coming events: the forum being organised by Labor Party branches next Saturday in the Sydney Trades Hall, and the unions’ rally at the opening of state Parliament the week after.
The latest issue of GLW should be the main one for publicising both events by any formation that has a weekly paper and the slightest nose for broad social agitation, but unless I’m blind, there’s not a mention of either event.
It’s quite predictable how GLW is likely to cover the two events after they happen. On form, it will possibly ignore the event at Trades Hall, and will look for any petty point to be scored on the unions’ rally at Parliament House, and the focus will be on any alleged defects of that event.
The failure to mention the event at Trades Hall is obviously in part motivated by a desire to insulate DSP members from the possibitity of corruption by the ordinary Labor Party members who are likely to turn up to the even in some numbers.
This is just another aspect of the Boyleites’ Potemkin Village sectarianism, but it’s particularly striking in the context of the broadening mass campaign outside and inside the unions and the Labor Party.
For discussion, see Green Left Weekly.