Green Left Weekly discussion list, June 28, 2005
As they always do, on the question of socialists being active in the Labor Party, the DSP leadership talk out of both sides of their mouth at the same time.
Peter Boyle, at length, insists that they do practise a form of the united front and Norm Dixon gets very upset and accuses me of falsification when I point to what is obvious to everyone except the DSP leadership: that the form of the united front they practice is the primitive “united front from below” dissected by Trotsky in the 1930s.
How the energetic ranks of the DSP understand the nod given by their leadership on these questions is expressed in a vintage way by Rohan Gaiswinkler from Tasmania.
All the poor benighted people who still hold Labor Party tickets, the thousands of active trade unionists among them, including many left-wing union leaders, must hold their noses according to Gaiswinkler, to avoid the stench of the “dog poo” that goes with being in the Labor Party.
Dave Riley, of the national executive of the Socialist Alliance gets very bolshie about the Socialist Equality Party, which is a bit of a paradox since the SEP has essentially the same line on Labor as the DSP/Socialist Alliance leadership.
What’s even more interesing is that this little outburst of dopey factional hysteria happens a day or two before the big national mobilisations against Howard’s industrial laws, which obviously require they maximum unity in action in the labour movement.
Brother Gaiswinkler’s faecal outburst about Laborism, and or Laborites, actually gets right to the heart of the DSP leadership’s real attitude towards the united front, the ALP, the labour movement and the trade unions.
What’s really bizarre is that the DSP propaganda machine belts out this stuff as a matter of obscene routine and then gets hot under the collar and denies it is doing it, when someone like myself points to it.
The DSP leadership has a complaint that borders on political schizophrenia.