Posts Tagged ‘socialism’

Propagandism and the struggle against electricity privatisation

May 6, 2008

There’ve been a few comments on Leftwrites about the electricity privatisation struggle. Ablokeimet obviously has some serious understanding of the history of the Australian labour movement and some sense of the form of mass struggles, and I thank him for his pretty sensible observation.

I don’t want to be too hard on Tom O’Lincoln, but his response encapsulates the completely unscientific, and particularly the un-Leninist, notions and practice at the core of the permanent propaganda orientation of Socialist Alternative, to which Tom moved from the ISO a year or two ago.

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A healthy development

February 17, 2008

Green Left Weekly, the DSP and this week’s developments in the labour and indigenous movements

Bob Gould

After a week of discussion and argument the issue of the DSP’s Green Left Weekly that went up on the web this evening is a breath of fresh air, up to a point, as is the linked Green Left discussion site.

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A strange discussion on socialist unification

February 7, 2008

Bob Gould

On Monday I posted on Ozleft a straightforward little news item about the unification of three groups in the IS tradition, and posted pointers to it on the Green Left Weekly discussion list and Marxmail, from where it was picked up and posted to Leftist Trainspotters. It was also picked up on the spin-off from Marxmail, the SWP-USA discussion list, where mention of it was used by some of the participants in one of the demonic and spiteful discussions that often go on there, to demonstrate some almost incomprehensible point or other.

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Socialist unification in Australia

February 4, 2008

Bob Gould

After a considerable time of debilitating splits on the far left in Australia, which have taken place in the context of problems presented by new political developments locally and globally, the first significant socialist unification for many years has taken place.

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This is the way a split happens

January 8, 2008

Not with a bang, but but with constitutional and personnel changes (with apologies to T.S. Elliott)

Bob Gould

As has been pretty obvious from the material posted on the web by supporters of the Boyle leadership, the DSP conference laid the basis for the expulsion of the minority in fairly short order.

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Luke Skywalker lets the cat out of the bag

January 3, 2008

Bob Gould

First of all, to Luke himself. I’ve got nothing at all against you, Luke. Years ago at a demonstration you grumbled to me in a humorous way that I had kept you up half the night reading stuff that was on Ozleft. To anyone who writes, even for a small audience, the notion that anyone reacts is always flattering, so thanks for your interest.

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Statistics on the Socialist Alliance

January 3, 2008

By Bob Gould

I’ve just seen a very strange document, which has been sent out in the past week or so to all members of the Socialist Alliance. A friendly SA member gave me a copy because they think it’s so weird. It’s 17 pages of statistical charts about the Socialist Alliance.

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A balance sheet of the crisis in the DSP

January 2, 2008

Bob Gould

The DSP is about to hold a decision-making conference on January 3-6. Delegates have been elected and the leadership has a majority a little larger than last time.

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Richard Fidler offers some advice

December 30, 2007

Ed Lewis

On Marxmail, Richard Fidler says:

Even ex-DSPer Ed Lewis — a carping critic of the DSP if there ever was one — has made a contribution of sorts by helping Bob Gould set up the Ozleft web site, which contains much valuable documentation on the Australian left and workers movement. Ed would make a further contribution if he put more of the DSP’s historical documents on-line!

It’s interesting Richard, that you, like many in the DSP leadership, find it necessary to focus on the individual, rather than the politics of what I had to say, but thanks for remembering me.

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The DSP and democratic centralism

December 30, 2007

Contributions to an exchange on Marxmail 

Bob Gould

As my name has been mentioned in the discussion on the DSP and democratic centralism on Marxmail, I’d make the following observations, without prejudice to a longer article I’m writing about the two platforms in the dispute in the DSP, which article I hope will appear in a day or so.

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Dopey exposure as usual

December 6, 2007

Struggles begin to develop in the workers’ and labour movements, but it’s back to the dopey exposure business for the DSP leadership

Bob Gould

Discussion on far left email lists, such as Green Left, Marxmail and Leftwrites since the Howard government’s electoral defeat has been trivial and rather stupid. Most of the discussion has paid little attention to the enormous popular mobilisation that was essential for the Howard government’s electoral defeat.

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Questions to the ideological leaders of Marxmail

December 5, 2007

Some serious questions to the ideological leaders of the Marxmail club in the light of the sweeping defeat of the conservative government in Australia and the election of a Labor government

Bob Gould

By now you may be aware of, although you have not commented at any length on, the defeat of Bush’s surviving Iraq war ally, John Howard, the conservative prime minister of Australia, and his xenophobic, racist, anti-trade-union Liberal Party. Surely this development is worthy of comment.

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The DSP’s united front from below tactic

July 8, 2007

Dave Noonan, John Robertson and Pat O’Shane call Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard to order

Bob Gould

Green Left Weekly discussion list, July 8, 2007

A week is a long time in politics and the past 10 days have been a very long time indeed. The Tory government of John Howard is in strife up to its elbows, and the government and the bourgeois press are lashing out in all directions to try to prevent a Labor electoral victory and a Labor-progressive majority in the Senate.

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Labor and its immediate problems

June 26, 2007

A response to Alan Bradley and Geoff Breen

Bob Gould

Alan Bradley’s response to my post is sensible. He has to unload me, of course, but that’s de rigueur on the Green Left list, and at least he does it in a civilised way rather than resorting to the systematic verbal abuse of most ofter DSP majority supporters. For that I thank him.

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ISO leaves Socialist Alliance

April 8, 2007

Dear comrades,

It is with regret that we write on behalf of the International Socialist Organisation to inform you that the recent ISO national conference voted to disaffiliate from the Socialist Alliance.

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