Lee Rhiannon and communism

A terse commentary on the life and times of Lee Rhhiannon and the communist contribution to peace, freedom and prosperity in SE Asia.

Support for socialism in general and communism in particular appears to be on the rise in the West more than a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This is reflected in the advent of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in Britain and the support gained by Bernie Sanders in his unsuccessful campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination to contest the 2016 US presidential election.

The Australian politician who sounds most like Corbyn and Sanders is Lee Rhiannon (nee Brown), who is stepping down as a Greens senator for NSW at the end of this month’s sittings.

The evidence suggests that from her late teenage years until the collapse of European communism two decades later, Rhiannon was supportive of communist dictatorships. However, on Monday she offered no apology to the victims of regimes she backed. Instead, she attacked her critics, whom she accused of “McCarthyist tactics”.

BTW which is that political party that wants us to have 100% renewable energy?

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15 Responses to Lee Rhiannon and communism

  1. Elle

    When she looks back it will be on a totally wasted life.

    An excellent piece by Gerard.

  2. Roger

    When she looks back it will be on a totally wasted life.

    I don’t think she has that sort of insight, Elle.

    Fanatical Leftists rarely do.

  3. Elle

    True, Roger. They live in denial of the facts. She will continue to. Disgraceful woman. Not sure if she ever made it onto Tim Blair’s frighbat list. She’s a classic candidate.

  4. Tel

    When she looks back it will be on a totally wasted life.

    Her purpose might be to serve as a warning to others.

    Looking at how people conveniently ignore the problems in Venezuela (just like they conveniently ignored the starvation under Stalin and then more starvation under Mao) maybe it takes something special for such people to notice. Not sure exactly what that would be.

  5. dopey

    Interesting how easily she moved over to the Greens. The old communist movement would have been hostile to Green beliefs.

  6. Mark A

    Tel
    #2793845, posted on August 20, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Looking at how people conveniently ignore the problems in Venezuela (just like they conveniently ignored the starvation under Stalin and then more starvation under Mao) maybe it takes something special for such people to notice. Not sure exactly what that would be.

    A soul, or simple humanity will do it anytime.

  7. Roger

    The old communist movement would have been hostile to Green beliefs.

    The Green movement has its roots in the Generation of ’68, dopey.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was a cadre of German Greens who took their orders from the East German stasi. You can be sure other nascent Green movements in the West were seen as useful subversives by the Soviets, if they weren’t in fact infiltrated too, like the peace movement.

  8. Iampeter

    But who actually created the Climate Office in Australia? Who created things like the RET, built the environmentalist bureaucracy, put together the idea for Australia’s first ETS, banned lightbulbs, etc?
    Lee Rhiannon is an unrepentant supporter of communism, but in terms of actual leftist policies she can’t even hold a candle to the last truly conservative Australia federal government

  9. stackja

    Moscow crushes the Prague Spring – archive, August 1968 | World …
    https://www.theguardian.com/…/russia-crushes-prague-spring-czechoslovakia-1968
    On the night of August 20 1968 Soviet tanks and troops invaded Czechoslovakia in an effort to stop the so-called Prague Spring.

  10. old bloke

    dopey
    #2793853, posted on August 20, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Interesting how easily she moved over to the Greens. The old communist movement would have been hostile to Green beliefs.

    When the Australian Communist Party dissolved (early 1970’s) its members were told to continue the fight in the nascent environmental and feminist movements.

  11. H B Bear

    Of course Doris Bagshawe wasn’t the only communist in the Australian parliament. The coal miner’s daughter and one time typist went on to become PM and planted the NDIS, her Fabian masterstroke, that is yet to even begin to unleash the damage it will ultimately wreak.

  12. Jim Rose

    Ronald Radosh finally joined the Communist Party in 1956 after the crushing of the Hungarian rebellion. Only then had the Communists shown that they had the necessary steel in his mind. Up until then he was just a fellow traveller.

    He started to have 2nd thoughts about communism after a trip to Cuba in the 1970s when he pointed out all the people getting lobotomies at their mental asylums. When he did this on the plane back, a fellow Communist reminded him that there is a difference between socialist lobotomies and capitalist lobotomies

  13. Spring is coming

    In a business meeting today. One business owner told the group he has employed a person from Venezuela
    A Hard worker and great employee. He left his homeland for Australia cos he was sick of getting kidnapped ( twice). This employee has recommended a friend. The employee put him on. He is v good just not as good. Reckons it coz he was only kidnapped once.

    Owner is contemplating a study tour for rest of staff to Venezuela… to improve morale and motivation.

  14. Frank

    maybe it takes something special for such people to notice. Not sure exactly what that would be.

    Starvation, obviously. It would focus the mind wonderfully.

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