Sunday, February 14, 2021

Australian Senate equates communism with fascism!

A despicable motion, which equalizes communism with fascism and right-wing extremism, was adopted by the Australian Senate earlier this month. 
Under the responsibility of both the two major political forces, the right-wing “Coalition” (Liberal Party, National Party) and the social democratic Australian Labor Party (ALP), the unhistorical and unscientific theory of the “two extremes” has officially entered Australian politics. 

Following the tradition of the European Union, the Senate's motion actually tars communism and fascism with the same brush, in an effort to slander and even criminalize the political activity of communists and the workers' movement in general.

For this unacceptable anti-communist motion, the weekly newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), “Guardian” (#1949, 15/2/2021), writes:
On  the  3rd  of  February,  the  Senate,  unfortunately,  passed a motion to condemn “all [...] extremist groups which seek to promote fascism, communism, anarchism, violence and bigotry in our community.”

This  motion  was  an  amended  version  of  a  motion  raised by NSW ALP Senator Kristina Keneally which was intended to take specific aim at far-right extremism. The amendments, which were hotly contested fell ayes – thirty-four, noes – twenty-seven, with the Coalition, One  Nation,  and  Senators  Stirling  Griff ,  Rex  Patrick  and  Jacqui  Lambie  voting in  favour  and  the  ALP  and  Greens voting against.

Immigration Minister  Alex  Hawke  told  Sky  News that “the government rejects Senator Keneally’s thesis that there is rising extremism in Australia.” The problem with this statement is that it is not just Senator Keneally’s “thesis.” Mike Burgess, the director-general of ASIO, stated in an annual threat assessment ad-dress  delivered  in  Canberra  last  year,  that  right-wing  extremism was “real and growing.” In its annual report delivered last October, ASIO stated that:

“While ASIO has a longstanding and enduring inter-est  in  investigating  and  advising  on  the  threat  from  both right-wing and left-wing extremists, this year saw an increased growth in ASIO investigations related to extreme right-wing groups, individuals and emerging ideologies. Australia is not unique in this regard; other Western  countries  have  also  increased  their  focus  on  this issue.”

In  fact,  the  term  “left-wing”  is  referenced  exactly  twice (including the reference above). The other reference  is  to  right-wing  attacks  on  left-wing  causes.  The  term right-wing is referenced twenty-one times in the document.

These  assessments  are  reaffirmed with each passing  day,  as  we  have  just  witnessed  Trump  supporters  storming the US Capitol and neo-Nazis burning crosses in Victoria.

Keneally spoke out against the amendments stating “Today  in  the  Senate  we  saw  the  government  literally  white-out a motion about right-wing extremism – they took out the references to white supremacy and right-wing extremism.” However, one has to wonder why did the Senator even bring this motion forward? This Senate motion was boneheaded for at least a couple of reasons. Firstly, surely Keneally knew the motion was not going to get the support of the Coalition with language directly targeting MP Craig Kelly and MP George Christensen. Secondly, that the Coalition would use it as an opportunity to denounce left-wing “extremism” – which they did  –  that  would  make  it  appeal  to  the  “centrists”  on  the crossbench (which it did).

However,  what  did  this  tongue-lashing  amount  to?  Nothing. Instead of standing behind the motion’s original intent as they had when the amendments were brought to a vote, the ALP decided to support the amended mo-tion. Why? According to Keneally, “Labor will support the  amended  motion,  because,  of  course,  we  support  taking  action  against  extremism  in  all  forms.”  If  you  ever needed evidence that social democrats aren’t our friends – this is it.

In her  remarks,  Keneally  essentially  promotes  “horseshoe theory,” a theory that radically differing  ideologies are actually close to each other, concaving the  traditional  linear  representation  of  the  political  spectrum  to  represent  a  horseshoe.  But  does  horse-shoe  theory  hold  up?  Are  communism  and  fascism  similar, which is what Keneally implies? Not even close. Communism is a liberating ideology, centred on giving power  to  the  masses  and  where  no  one  goes  without.  Fascism is an oppressive ideology, an extreme form of capitalism, centred on giving power to a few and often marginalising other races.

Furthermore,  one  has  to  ask:  What  exactly  is  “ex-treme” about communism? Is it extreme to want the working  class  to  own  what  they  produce?  That  every-one  has  access  to  food,  water,  shelter,  medical  care,  education?

If these ideas are extreme to Keanelly and the ALP, then they are no friend to the working class. However, the CPA is". 

Indeed, the working people of Australia must turn their backs to the social democrats, condemn the shameful motion and join the struggle with the Communist Party and the class-based movement.