THE ICAC HEARINGS -CORRUPTION BY THE POLITICIANS OR A WINDOW ON HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS

The focus in the ICAC hearings about goings on in the Newcastle political scene has been on allegedly corrupt politicians and businessmen. It is easy to pass this off as just a few bad individuals in the system, rather than question the system itself.
However the hearings have lifted the covers on how the system works. Namely, how the political system governs on behalf of big business – the jobs for politicians in the private companies when they retire, the use of ex-politicians by business to gain access to ministers, big developers like McCloy ordering local members to report to him, the local capitalist clubs or fronts that meet regularly and coordinate tactics and host politicians, the smear campaigns that were run to discredit opposition to business projects such as Tinkler’s proposed coal loader.
Democracy under the capitalist system was exposed as a sham, and where the real power lies was revealed. The covers will quickly come down and people will be left with a few “corrupt” politicians as scapegoats.
How should we react?
An unfortunate trend is the turning against politics, often in despair or cynicism. This trend does not challenge the system that creates corruption – it in fact directs attention away from an understanding of how the capitalist system works.
A real solution lies in heightened political activity – but with the political activity directed away from the pro-capitalist parties (whether Liberal or Labor) and in support of a party like the Communist Party that offers a real alternative – because in the end the only alternative to capitalism is socialism. A system not based on greed and on exploiting people, but rather one which emphasises collective activity, concern and respect for one another, and a sense of common destiny and people’s control of their future.

NO TROOPS TO IRAQ OR SYRIA

THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IS WORKING ON A TROOP AND AIR FORCE BUILD UP IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PRIOR TO DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. THE USA HAS REQUESTED IT, AND LIKE A TAME LAP-DOG WE HAVE JUMPED.
Australia has been involved in disastrous wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan at the request of the USA. Will we ever learn?
In Afghanistan, and now in the Middle East, we have been directed to fight radical fundamentalist insurgents. But these groups, the Taliban in Afghanistan (originally created to fight the Soviet Union’s troops protecting the legitimate Afghan government) and Islamic state or ISIS in Syria and now Iraq (created to topple the legitimate Syrian government), were created, supported and armed by the United States and their Arab allies.
With the current deployment of air and ground troops, is the crushing of ISIS the real agenda?
We know that under capitalism, governments act to support and extend the influence of big money and big business- whether it is the US government and American big business or the European Union and European big business. Taking direct control of Iraq again will allow the oil companies to tighten their grip on Iraq’s oil and gas reserves – a grip that had been under threat in recent times. Fighting ISIS also provides a pretext for invading Syria and destroying the Syrian government – a government that has not always toed the Western line and has shown a degree of independence.

Do we want to be part of this? Let us see beyond the propaganda and understand what is really going on.
We must demand that our already deployed troops be brought home and that no more of our troops be committed to these US wars.