Keep the Red Flag flying

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 9.28.53 amIt is neither clever nor funny. But does anyone really have a problem with Red Flag’s front page?

Inarticulacy is the hallmark of the anti-Abbott movement, as I noted in The Australian recently.

The old Left could at least say what it wanted. The new Left — if that is what this is — relies on gut feeling.

Veteran socialist John Passant nailed it in a blog last December explaining why he quit Socialist Alternative:

It is a caricature of real Marxism…F**k Tony Abbott is a juvenile slogan of adolescent angst, not serious political engagement.

John Stuart Mill’s advice on intemperate debate is pertinent:

It is fit to take some notice of those who say, that the free expression of all opinions should be permitted, on condition that the manner be temperate, and do not pass the bounds of fair discussion. Much might be said on the impossibility of fixing where these supposed bounds are to be placed…

Purveyors of fashionable arguments can use invective with impunity:

With regard to what is commonly meant by intemperate discussion, namely invective, sarcasm, personality, and the like, the denunciation of these weapons would deserve more sympathy if it were ever proposed to interdict them equally to both sides; but it is only desired to restrain the employment of them against the prevailing opinion: against the un-prevailing they may not only be used without general disapproval, but will be likely to obtain for him who uses them the praise of honest zeal and righteous indignation.

While those who argue unfashionable positions are obliged to be more circumspect:

In general, opinions contrary to those commonly received can only obtain a hearing by studied moderation of language, and the most cautious avoidance of unnecessary offence, from which they hardly ever deviate even in a slight degree without losing ground: while unmeasured vituperation employed on the side of the prevailing opinion, really does deter people from professing contrary opinions, and from listening to those who profess them.

Regulation, however, is never justified…

It is, however, obvious that law and authority have no business with restraining either.

 

 

 

 

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68 Responses to Keep the Red Flag flying

  1. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    After the howls of outrage about the “Ditch the Witch” sign? It used to be an Australian truism that, if you wanted to dish it out, you had to cop it in return.

  2. cuckoo

    Not really. In fact this poster is so close to the old ‘give Fraser the razor’ poster that I assume it’s a conscious hommage. As well as a reminder of the time before Fraser and the Socialist Youth Alliance learned to love each other. No doubt faded and yellowing copies of the Fraser poster can still be found in expensively renovated homes in Carlton and North Fitzroy, belonging to retired academics.

  3. brc

    t is a caricature of real Marxism…F**k Tony Abbott is a juvenile slogan of adolescent angst, not serious political engagement.

    Where is the real Marxism anyway? Nobody in the world goes close to practising or even publicly recommending it.

    Marxism is a loose term, thrown around and adopted by fringe groups because it once had the respectability of academic thought. But now it’s just a self-declared identity, like so many others.

    Nobody in the Australian left would want to really go for Marxist policies in this day and age. They wouldn’t cope with it at all – the rhetoric was always about trying to get a large group of people – the working class – to bolster the movement of a small group of academics. The working class these days (if such a thing still exists) couldn’t give a crap about marxism and never will. In fact they are more likely to vote for a party that just gets off their back for 10 minutes.

    True socialism is a blue, dead corpse. True marxism is a long forgotten concept. All there is these days is minority politics, and malthusian green hysteria.

  4. ar

    Ditch the Witch was a bit harsh sounding… Dump the Frump was the superior placard IMO…

  5. C.L.

    Ditch the Witch … Dump the Frump

    Wheel out “punt” for your Conroy placard, folks.

  6. rebel with cause

    Given the slim policy difference between Liberal and Labour, the invective appears to be nothing more than partisan bickering. These guys hated Abbott before he won and they hate him even more now. But if you asked them to specify which policies of his they hate and how they differ from Labor’s, you’d only get a stream of nonsensical babble. No, they hate him because he is blue, not red, and that’s all they need to know.

  7. Des Deskperson

    Passant himself seems to have a very primitive view of Marxism, since he continued to argue that he was a member of the working class while being employed as a senior tax lawyer (SES Band 1) in the Tax Office, presumably on the grounds that (while he personally was within the leftist definition of ‘rich’ – income of $150,000+ )- he did not own or control the means of production. Mentally he seemed to be stuck c.1850.

  8. Leo G

    Who could really have a problem, in principle, with the execution of the Right of Life for Life?

    “Execution by beheading thus remains a very good form of applying the human right of life for life principle and if well observed and properly implemented shall be best form of capital punishment. ”
    Beheading is humane” – Muhammad ibn Kateb (spokesman for Orthodox Islam)

  9. .

    The thugs, spivs and moochers don’t like to or don’t have the means to extort the taxpayer themselves. They are scared and so they are acting panicked and saying really off the handle things such as “let’s kill the PM, he isn’t giving us enough free stuff, paid for by other people under coercion”.

    They’re cowards and bullies.

    Without the ATO, their efforts to extort money from productive members in society would meet an ugly end.

    They are extremists, they want state power to rob people – they are not indigent or invalid. They are simply greedy, moral failures with an extremist worldview – they want others to use force for such prosperity destroying graft, yet expect in a world without the ATO, to go around extorting people themselves without any retaliation from wage earners and business owners.

    Subsidy whores and welfare cheats should be exposed for the regressive, violent extremists they really are.

  10. Tom

    Abbott Derangement Syndrome is unique in modern Australian political history (I’d love to know how Menzies was regarded in his early years, hidden as they are in the pre-internet era). The channelling of all the headless left’s hatreds into loathing for one man with a normal family and three gorgeous daughters, while their heroes are islamist butchers who murder and humiliate gays and women tells us that the entire movement is desperately mentally ill. The thing that tipped it over the edge was the three years of the mad Marxist Liars-Greenfilth rabble under Australian Communist Party protégé Julia Gillard. With the proliferation of fruitcake media playing back the left’s slogans and talking points 24/7, the sniff of political power has given the barking mad the belief that they’re born to rule and that power is just one more Alinskyist propaganda campaign away.

  11. Repeat after me:

    Left is always right.
    Right is always wrong.

    I shall call this the Martyr Doctrine, I think.

  12. rebel with cause

    Was there ever a ‘working class’ in Australia? I’d say not. Certainly hard to imagine anyone could call themselves ‘working class’ today with a straight face.

  13. H B Bear

    Abbott Derangement Syndrome is unique in modern Australian political history …

    Howard provoked exactly the same reaction among the chattering classes. It was even funnier then because Howard looked like an old aged pensioner in his tracksuit going down to the RSL for the 5pm parmigiana special and a $10 punt on the pokies.

    And spent taxpayers money like a Socialist anyway.

  14. Gab

    Yet another example of the Left’s civil discourse.

  15. Leo G

    “Was there ever a ‘working class’ in Australia? I’d say not. Certainly hard to imagine anyone could call themselves ‘working class’ today …”

    Surely, there has been and there is still a working class in Australia. A member of the working class derives most of their income from the sale of their own undifferentiated labour (ie involving no skill which requires qualifications other than general fitness).

  16. brc

    Surely, there has been and there is still a working class in Australia. A member of the working class derives most of their income from the sale of their own undifferentiated labour (ie involving no skill which requires qualifications other than general fitness).

    A sensible definition – I haven’t seen a better one.

    One thing for sure, the working class is definitively not a bunch of terminally-undergraduated fools from inner city suburbs, shouting slogans. Nor is it a collective of over-credentialled health professionals seeking to rise up and away from patient care as quickly as possible. And even less is it the coterie of labor lawyers and union officials who have never dirtied their hands once in their lifetime.

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Always do wonder if all the Left in this country have ever seen the mechanism of the countries they would like Australia to be. I’ve seen the Museum of the Secret Police in Budapest – the House of Horror – and, in George MacDonald Fraser’s memorable phrase “Its enough to turn the Celtic aura of your blood to effluent.”

  18. Token

    Yet another example of the Left’s civil discourse.

    Is it any wonder the speakers for radical Islam believe it is acceptable to lecture on why violence “in a cultural context” is acceptable?

  19. stackja

    Liberals have always copped it. Menzies was Pig Iron Bob. Why? PM Lyons allowed pig iron exports to Japan. Menzies did not make the decision but sought to defend it. Fraser copped it when he opposed Gough. JH copped it. TA should be proud of the hatred. It shows TA is doing a good job.

  20. Tim Neilson

    At what point does glorification of violence against conservatives become a criminal offence? I think that this doesn’t quite cross the line into criminality but it must be pretty close. They are basically expressing enthusiasm for commission of a violent crime. If we suggested anything even remotely comparable about St Julia the-scrupulously honest-selfless-and overwhelmingly competent, the shrieking would be audible in the Horsehair Nebula, so surely it’s reasonable to express the view that liberties shouldn’t be abused in this way?

  21. Token

    At what point does glorification of violence against conservatives become a criminal offence?

    When the person targeted is part of the hard left. Then they will stamp down on any Liberty in their process of cleansing the impurities in society.

  22. stackja

    so surely it’s reasonable to express the view that liberties shouldn’t be abused in this way?

    The Left is always right. The right is always wrong.

  23. stackja

    Liberty Quotes
    Publicly-funded comedians and state-subsidised playwrights claim to be the edgy breakers of taboos as they denounce wars and government collusion with corporations. They never fear that government will respond by cutting their grants. Few admit that what makes liberal democracies liberal is that “power” will not throw you in prison, whether you speak the truth to it or not, and that taboos have been broken for so long that the most “edgy” thing an artist can do is to uphold them.
    — Nick Cohen

    The Socialist Alternative is probably funded by some groups that have publicly-funded comedians and state-subsidised playwrights as members.

  24. Ant

    Yeah, I have a real problem with that cover because I’m sick of the non-Left side of politics having to cop such savagery sweet while the Left is allowed to hog the headlines for weeks over some stupid rally poster calling Gillard a witch.

    It might be ho-hum for the enlightened who know better but the culture war is won and lost at the coal face – with those who are disengaged with politics and mainly vote based on cues they receive here and there in between polling days.

    If you’re prepared to let this go you’re surrendering.

    Ask any Ms Average in the street if Abbott has a “woman problem” and she’s likely to say “yes”. Ask her why and she will find it impossible to explain coherently.

    That’s the narrative played out in the media and it eventually filters through even if it’s a complete lie.

    It is indeed time to take the messengers out and shoot them – figuratively speaking, of course – starting with the morons responsible for that cover.

  25. .

    The Socialist Alternative is probably funded by some groups that have publicly-funded comedians and state-subsidised playwrights as members.

    They’re immoral cowards and thugs who want the police to extort your money off you by the barrel of a gun so they don’t have to work. They’re incapable of making menace themselves or otherwise getting the money themselves without copping stern physical rebuke.

    The lowest of beta males.

  26. johno

    Was there ever a ‘working class’ in Australia?

    Does it make any sense at all to think in terms of class?

    Marx and Engels certainly had problems with understanding what they meant by it. In the last chapter in the last volume of Das Kapital they set out to explain what they meant by class, but couldn’t. The manuscript just ends without saying much.

  27. JC

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/censorship-is-being-outsourced-to-the-mob/15293

    Says all that needs to be said, I think.

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak. We shouldn’t be afraid of hearing what sludge he was going to utter.

  28. Token
    Was there ever a ‘working class’ in Australia?

    Does it make any sense at all to think in terms of class?

    The myth of the rising working class is actually the rise of the Anglosphere as the technological boom pushed our societies out of subsistence using 19th & early 20th century manufacturing.

    It will be interesting to see how the myths go in countries like India where the push out of subsistence is occuring with 21st century education and information era jobs.

  29. Token

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak. We shouldn’t be afraid of hearing what sludge he was going to utter.

    Nick Cater detailed the many questions which we’d all love to have discussed in a televised forum which is NOT chaired by Tony Springer-Jones.

  30. blogstrop

    Yeah, but, starting out as a typist for one of these groups can lead to bigger things.

  31. struth

    Piss and wind if you take the money away.
    That’s the secret always and everytime.
    Take the left’s money away. It’s easy to do and the type of people the left are you’ve killed the fight.
    Most left wing protests that turn violent are from uni students and the like , supported by taxpayers , so they have the time to play silly buggers.
    The like using other peoples money.
    They won’t use their own.
    They shit themselves when confronted with the real deal, like a heap of trucks protesting at parliament house, and they could not understand the concept of the convoy of no confidence.
    They were actually confused and stressed about who was paying for the protest, as they could not come to grips with the prospect of protesters actually paying themselves.
    My point is, even though you will still get the odd gutless gunman, a great proportion of their violent fight is nullified by the removal of funds.

  32. Token

    Piss and wind if you take the money away.
    That’s the secret always and everytime.

    Lee Brown and her dad proved there are other sources of funds that lot are able to tap into.

  33. struth

    That’s a minority Token and I guess there will always be one.
    There were nazis in wartime USA but they gained no real traction.

  34. rebel with cause

    johno – I agree. I don’t think working class, middle, upper class etc are useful distinctions and any movement based around those concepts is bound to be incoherent. Especially if ‘working class’ is a strict 7 hours 21 workday, penalty rates, meal certificates, uniform allowance, rdos and four weeks paid leave a year.

  35. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    When my party steals the Revolution from the wukkas,as General Secretary I will create an anti counter revolutionary secret Police group.8 i might call it klimate guard bureau(KGB) .they will round up all bludgers on Taxpayer money,they will be sent to “voluntary national building facilites” where they will spen the rest of their lives building infrastructur for the future,for food only,this will also prove that reds are not the only ones who can invent bullshit words. Forward into the Future with Unpaid Union free Labor(alp)

  36. struth

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak. We shouldn’t be afraid of hearing what sludge he was going to utter.

    Well, he’s only talking about murdering women, so it should be ok.
    That’s not racist and no lefty seems offended by it, so 18 c won’t be invoked.
    He is allowed to speak, but a lefty silenced him, because the red necks were too much to deal with.
    No law has stopped him from spewing out his foul, peasant arab culture, mus…slum shit.
    Where were the moderate muslims?
    Oh that’s right, they finally stood up to denounce the speaking of such things in PUBLIC.
    The moderate muslims are irrelevent.
    Silence is consent.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak

    Likewise JC. The only difference in opinion I have with you is the two coppers I’d have waiting to arrest him for incitement to murder after his talk. Five years in a very unhalal penitentiary kitchen serving roast pork to the other prisoners would be most fitting.

    The Red Flag editors can also enjoy HM’s pleasure of a five year stay at government expense, where they can have the complete works of Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand in their cell, but no television.

  38. rebel with cause

    Hmm: opera singer gets fired because of something she said six months ago that has no relationship to the job she is doing and will not factor into her job performance in any way whatsoever. Let’s compare this to someone being invited to a state sponsored forum to speak and promote the right of men to murder their wives and sisters. Where is the equivalence?

  39. Gab

    opera singer gets fired because of something she said six months ago

    I think it was 18 months ago.

  40. Andrew

    The Socialist Alternative is probably funded by some groups that have publicly-funded comedians and state-subsidised playwrights as members.

    Trades Hall does all of their printing for them…so yes.

  41. JC

    Bruce

    I’d be very surprised if the bearded idiot was actually inciting murder. I believe what he was trying to do was equate honour killings to some of the things done by the west. It’s bullshit of course, but as an incitement I don’t think so. We shouldn’t be afraid of allowing these idiots to speak.

    I actually wanted to see the frightbats going after him and to point out their brazen hypocrisy. It was only after … We’ll after …that we heard from the appalling two faced creeps.

  42. And Another Thing

    I find it very hard to care about what these dullards say or do or put on the front of their low-class, pseudo-intellectual publications. I doubt Abbott will give two hoots about it either.
    And yes, the Islamist should have been allowed to speak. Freedom of speech is also the freedom to make a dumbarse of yourself, and he’s been denied that opportunity.

  43. braddles

    Well said, Ant at 1:18

    The worst thing is the hypocrisy.

  44. 132andBush

    The working class has always been around, so I’ve heard.
    I mean it’s all the labor party craps on about isn’t it?
    We all know the clichés. eg. “We are concerned about what these policies will mean for the “workers (TM)” of Australia.” Blah blah blah ad nauseam.

    The term “workers” (TM. labor party Australia) has always made me lol from my early years in farming to the present.
    I mean, I started with sweet FA. Worked hard to pay for tertiary qualifications, worked for virtually nothing early on while gaining skills, saw opportunity and went for it while mortgaged to the hilt, worked my arse off (note to any true blue labor people who read this, working your arse off means being able to say you have averaged 80hrs of productive work per week for a calendar year), and at the end of it all have a viable business and a solid asset base.
    We have a big family and own a big Landcruiser wagon to haul them around in. Apparently this and the fact we own more than a 1/4acre house block means we are/have been lucky in the eyes of many.*
    Contrast this to the “worker” who would need hospitalisation if required to work more than 50hrs a week and is quite content to risk nothing save for a bit of money on a lotto ticket!

    The “workers” (TM) on the other hand, somehow sit a couple of rungs higher on the labor/leftist ladder of social deservedness WRT recognition and acclaim.

    *This no doubt applies in one way or another to over 95% of the people lurking or commenting on this blog.

  45. Fisky

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak. We shouldn’t be afraid of hearing what sludge he was going to utter.

    I was praying for the speech to go ahead so that the entire Left would be incriminated by association.

  46. Jezery

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak

    This is annoying me! He is allowed to speak. FODI have simply said that they will no longer provide the platform. If you want to here what he has to say, hire a venue and invite him along.

  47. johno

    Hmm: opera singer gets fired because of something she said six months ago that has no relationship to the job she is doing and will not factor into her job performance in any way whatsoever. Let’s compare this to someone being invited to a state sponsored forum to speak and promote the right of men to murder their wives and sisters. Where is the equivalence?

    Owner of a basketball team makes some unpleasant comments about black American, IN PRIVATE, which are then leaked. he is fined a lot of money and given a LIFE ban from involvement in basketball.

    Where is the equivalence?

  48. Tim Neilson

    Jezery
    #1366355, posted on July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    Absolutely correct. He can say whatever he likes. FODI can provide a platform for him if they wish. It was their call to back out. Few if any conservatives and no libertarians have tried to have him stopped from speaking. Some have argued that taxpayer subsidised facilities shouldn’t be made available to propagate the assertion that “honour killings are morally justified”, but there’s a difference (incomprehensible to the middle class left) between being prohibited from doing something and just not getting other people’s money deployed to pay for it to be done.

  49. Tony

    Further to Philippa’s maxim – any former high profile member of One Nation is a non-starter in Australian politics. However, the equally nutty Socialist Forum can have it’s former leader become Prime Minister. That’s the problem – not free speech, but the double standard.

  50. Gab

    Jezery
    #1366355, posted on July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I agree with him actually. I think the Islamist should have been allowed to speak

    This is annoying me! He is allowed to speak. FODI have simply said that they will no longer provide the platform. If you want to here what he has to say, hire a venue and invite him along.

    Yes, that comment annoys me too. He is going to speak on the topic in any case as soon as he can book a venue and has said he will release the video of his speech on the ‘net. His free speech privilege in this country remains intact.

  51. rebel with cause

    Also, Iveri renounced the comments. She apologised. She wasn’t censored, she was punished.

    There is no great mystery for what Batar was going to say. See his exchange with Longstaff at Bolt’s. Basically he was going to argue that honour killings are moral in an Islamic framework, but you shouldn’t do them in Australia as we aren’t (yet) governed by Islamic law. Once we are though, kill away! I’m sure he’d happily expound on this idea for you at a venue of your choosing in exchange for a cabcharge, lunch and free publicity.

  52. cohenite

    A propos Badar and killing errant women [are there any other kind], I’m sure Michael Smith appreciates the irony with the concern about Badar’s free speech rights [subject to Bruce's suggestion of arresting the prick] given he was fired before he started work at 2GB.

  53. cohenite

    A propos Badar and killing dishonourable women I’m sure Michael Smith appreciates the irony with the concern about Badar’s free speech rights given he was fired before he started work for making certain remarks about the religion of pieces.

  54. Alfonso

    The US has more inbound terminal disasters than the niche mendicant ratbags that bless us.
    They’d pray for niche ratbags.

    As Steyn says…. and we need to beware……

    “The corruption of this republic is a disgrace. As I said, this is not Scandinavian-style statism, but something uglier and more thuggish. The conscription of the bureaucracy to torment the ruling party’s ideological enemies is Banana Republic 101. And, until they’re stopped, they will do it again.”

  55. blogstrop

    There are no ideas dangerous to the Left expressed at FODI. Or in most of the MSM. They remain, in the main, sequestered in blogs like this one.

  56. nilk

    Where is the equivalence?

    Shut up. ;)

  57. Habib

    It’s sad, pathetic, and breaches no laws. Also it’s viewed by cretins. Who gives a fuck? The reality is that if any of those fantasists acted on their fantasies, they’d have more 9mm holes than the butts at Enoggera.

  58. Habib

    And the “working class” according to current dogma are the utterley dependant, feckless and indolent.

    The real working class are those who create wealth, risk their capital, and add to the national wherewithall.

    Howard almost got it right, then proceeded to insult large numbers of the same group who dared to own a then legal weapon, based on the actions of an imbecile who had no legal right to own same.

    We really need a Thatcher/Reagan, and I see no examples in the current crop. Dennis Jensen’s a maybe, and he was a bloody RAAFie, the militant arm of the APS.

  59. Cold-Hands

    If the publishers of this contemptible little rag want to squander their money by publishing this rubbish, well let them. It dissipates their resources and spotlights persons of interest for ASIO et al- the publishers, writers and buyers.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    In the UK currently, the narrative that Abbott is a complete woman-hating rabid right-wing fanatic is playing very well with the local populace fed on these media sound-bites. On our recent visits, we have done our best to disabuse of these ideas those whom we speak to who retail these lunatic beliefs back to us in the pub and on other social occasions.

    It’s Alinsky in overdrive. As is that front page pic of slitting Abbott’s throat, which I think it is incitement to criminality, and should be called as such.

    On criminality, also popular in the UK at the moment (The Times this morning) is a recent Australian piece of ‘university research’ (we taxpayers pay for this) suggesting that Australian women are ‘suppressed’ in political and business life because of our ‘convict past’. Abbottt666 and his Cabinet composition gets a free run in this ‘reportage’.

    Brits still love thinking of us as raw Colonial criminal dullards and degenerates. We’re not, I say. It’s just like here in the UK, I tell people. The only true Australian dullards and degenerates have received no assistance from genetics – they’ve done da stupidity all to themselves via living in some weird time-warp into which they’ve dragged the mass media. They’re merely Lefties still living and promoting the failed leftism of the 70′s.

  61. Yobbo

    There are no ideas dangerous to the Left expressed at FODI.

    John Humphreys spoke at a previous FODI on the topic “why we need to get rid of the age pension”. Just because you haven’t ever heard of it before doesn’t mean it’s an exclusively left-wing thing.

  62. Spider

    Of course like clock Terry O’Gorman chimes in with a nothing to see no laws broken move on please comment. Which is no doubt true but could you imagine if the same image had been made about Julia Gillard.

    Mind you this image or the sentiment is not particularly unusual. On a daily basis I receive Facebook posts of anti Abbott graphics accompanied by comments calling for his Murder or death. This is standard fare.

    Which makes me just incredulous when I continue to hear of the sexist comments and abuse Gillard received. Yes she did but NOTHING like the abuse and threats that Howard and now Aboott received on an hourly basis.

  63. john constantine

    floating around facetwit this morning is a meme, showing a dog pissing in the abbottbeasts mouth.

    imagine the frightbats if that had been gillards mouth———first bogan timmy would be threatening to go ‘bang’ if he could find a target for that.

  64. Des Deskperson posts #1366085, posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Passant himself seems to have a very primitive view of Marxism, since he continued to argue that he was a member of the working class while being employed as a senior tax lawyer (SES Band 1) in the Tax Office, presumably on the grounds that (while he personally was within the leftist definition of ‘rich’ – income of $150,000+ )- he did not own or control the means of production. Mentally he seemed to be stuck c.1850.

    Not true, a person in the role I was in in the ATO is a manager for capitalism, not a worker. I never ‘continued to argue’ that I was a worker and you Des would not know, I assume, what I thought or what my arguments about workers are. So instead of cheap shots perhaps some veracity might be in order. After all, TCF is quoting me favourably so you wouldn’t want your incorrect assertions to sully my reputation here, would you, Des?

  65. Des Deskperson

    Mr Passant, you might want to check your archives – I assume they are extensive – for an article you wrote for your then regular column in the Canberra Times c. March 1993. In this article, you celebrate the return of the Keating Government as a victory for the working class, which you also claimed as your class.

    IIRC you were, at the time, a lecturer at the ANU. Not quiet as posh as a boss in ATO, I admit, but it’s still difficult to see what class interests you had in common – at least for any practical purposes – with people doing rough, hard, dangerous and low paid work.

    Of course, that was a long time ago and maybe your level of analytical thinking has improved since then. If so, my apologies.

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