A reasonable demonstration of the dead-endedness of small-l liberal “progressive” politics, imo. Like many other social democratic parties around the world, the ALP has abandoned all notion of the working class, wealth redistribution, or economic justice. And it’s definitely A Thing that university-educated progressives have a real distaste for everything “bogan” (I have to try to resist that instinct, myself!). The Coalition are a bunch of con artists and grifters who are no more real bogans than they are in politics out of a genuine interest in the public good, but that doesn’t change the fact that Labor has basically abandoned them. We need a real working-class progressive movement, like the Victorian Socialists perhaps.
Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.