I bitterly resent the low-key but deliberate, semi-Stalinist throwaway remark by DSP leadership supporter Alan Bradley, who happens to be in the Greens. Why I consider it worthwhile to respond to this inane remark is that he’s only taking a cue from people who should know better, such as GLParramatta, who said something similar in a post in December, and several other DSP leadership supporters who have said similar things.
The proposition is that if you argue for a tactical orientation differing from that advanced by the DSP leadership, you are sabotaging the socialist struggle. That means that every socialist outside the smallish minority of socialists who adopt the DSP leadership’s current tactical orientation are saboteurs.
Over a very long and active political life I’ve been accused of political sabotage by Stalinists, ALP right-wingers and members of the official ALP left from time to time. It ought not to be necessary to draw attention to the way this sort of discussion resembles that of the Stalinists in the Moscow Trials in the 1930s.
It is offensive and stupid for Bradley and other DSP leadership supporters to go on in this way, but it is consistent with, and to some extent flows from, their semi-Stalinist, Third-Period political orientation.
I’m not appealing to the patient moderator of this list to do anything about it. If Bradley and other DSP leadership supporters choose to use arguments right out of the historical arsenal of Stalinism, I can’t stop them doing that. In a way it’s politically educational for others.
But if Bradley and others can accuse me of sabotage, with the hint of Stalinist witchburning that is implied, it is not unreasonable of me to point out the historical overtones in a such a political approach.
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