Marxist day school for Auckland contacts and supporters, Saturday September 8

September 6, 2012

Auckland WP contacts and supporters will be holding a day school this Saturday, September 8, in Grey Lynn.

Existing members and contacts will be meeting from 11am till 4pm.

This will be the first of a new series of monthly day schools being held each month until the end of the year.

The first day school will be focussed around a study of Lenin’s Three sources and three component parts of Marxism which can be viewed here: http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/mar/x01.htm

This will be followed by a study of James Cannon’s The Revolutionary Party and its role in the struggle for socialism which can be viewed at : http://www.marxists.org/archive/cannon/works/1967/party.htm 

We welcome new contacts to attend. For anyone interested in attending please contact Rebecca on 022-671-9656 for venue details or to see if transport assistance is available.


NZ Labour Party: The Man on the Roof

September 6, 2012

This article on the Labour Party, by Giovanni Tiso, was originally printed on his blog Bat Bean Beam. It will be reprinted in the upcoming issue of the Spark.

It’s as if he had forgotten he was the leader of the Labour party. It’s as if a Tory mole had swapped the speech he was going to give but he went ahead and read it anyway.

How many times might you have played this little game? This is a familiar story because it happens everywhere, all the time. It is the story of a great and continuing political shift, of centre-left parties buying into conservative orthodoxy throughout the Western liberal democratic universe. Adopting the language, the strategies, the tics of their traditional opponents. Losing the ability to decline social-democratic ideals except as a ritualistic preamble, or to huffily reaffirm that of course theirs is the party of the working people, the oppressed minorities, the welfare state. Or, in the most extreme cases, reimagining neoliberalism as the condition for socialism: a new equality based on the removal of safety nets and of all barriers to the circulation and accumulation of capital.

Douglas, Blair, Clinton: they were the first generation, brash and self-assured. Now, twenty years later: the exhausted groans of third-way politics. Read the rest of this entry »


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