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Who needs R. Murdoch’s mythical raccoons?

April 27, 2007

…. when you’ve got the Sydney Morning Heralds to do it for you?

An excellent article by Peter Hartcher, the Herald’s political editor, in the SMH this morning:

But perhaps the most celebrated of Blair’s reforms of British Labour was his controversial proposal to overturn Clause IV of the party’s constitution. This was the commitment to the central tenet of socialism, the “common ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange”. This clause, drafted in 1917 during World War I by one of the great figures in the Fabian Society, Sidney Webb, was a relic of another world, another era, part of a Utopian vision.

By the time Blair came to abolish it in 1994, it was a discredited leftover from a failed experiment in international socialism and communism. The Cold War was over and the marketplace had proved itself decisively as the only workable allocator of resources in an economy.

And where does this failed idea sit in today’s Australian Labor Party? It sits proudly as the first objective in the party’s national constitution – “the democratic socialisation of industry, production, distribution and exchange”. It is there today and it will still be there when the conference breaks up on Sunday – there is no proposal to remove it.

So much for The Australian having a monopoly on the neo-con trope common sense.

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2 comments

  1. “It is there today and it will still be there when the conference breaks up on Sunday – there is no proposal to remove it.”

    And no proposal to implement as well, despite the bleatings of Howard and his Business Council friends.

    “So much for The Australian having a monopoly on the neo-con trope common sense.”

    Yes, like Gerard Henderson on Iraq…they are going great guns (so to speak)!


  2. Yes, good ol’ Fairfax is right in there with its size 12 football boots, kicking away at the corpse of socialism.



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