Living the Dream with ScoMo

Now that the hot-takes have gone cold and are stale as bricks @JonPiccini and @withsobersenses take out their artisanal slow-cooker take on the recent Australian Federal election. Why did we get it so wrong? Why did #changetherules suck? What will a Morrison Coalition government look like and what does it mean for our strategy?

CW: This show contains a discussion of misogyny and domestic violence.

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Stuff we mention includes:

Elizabeth Humphrys – We Live in Anti-Political Times

Amy Thomas – Federal election 2019: What the hell just happened? Five arguments

Jeremy Poxon, Tash Heenan & Jon Piccini – Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism

Music by Class War

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  1. Having now very belatedly got around to listening to this, a few thoughts: did The Thick of It ever make it to Australia? Because to my ears, “quiet Australians” immediately suggests “quiet batpeople”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_AM1W5rHGA
    Also, even acknowledging that different Labour parties in different countries mean different things, I still think that the question you raise near the end of shit Labour councils and anti-fascism/anti-nationalist populism or whatever the correct term is is an interesting one, I’ve been wrestling with how to reconcile 1) the fact that many Labo(u)r councils are really really shit, here as much as anywhere else, and I feel like it’s important to be clearly on the other side to them, not identified with them, and 2) telling everyone who voted for Corbyn to fuck off isn’t really a great strategy for building a mass movement, and the Australian equivalent probably wouldn’t be great either. But then if there hasn’t been a Corbyn-style reconciliation between “the movements” and “the party” then maybe that’s not as much of a contradiction in Aus.
    Finally, I think it might be worth doing a whole episode on the new climate activism at one point, because it feels to me like that’s one of those moments where events have left “the revolutionaries” behind, at least for now. I don’t find myself too excited by anarcho/ultra-left critiques that point out that either the leadership have a crappy ideology, or that lots of people coming into a movement have reformist and liberal ideas, but I would be very interested to hear more about how the experience of taking part in collective action is affecting people, what they’re making of their encounters with the cops and so on. But maybe that’s just me being naively spotaneist or movementist or whatever.

    1. Hey there.
      Yes we do have the Thick of It here.
      As for Labor in Australia – post election and post show the ALP has moved even further to the right. The question of how to related to a sort of revival of radical social democracy is more a question of how to relate to the Greens.
      On your last point there has been this interesting division appear in Victoria where leaders of XR have defended the police whilst others have criticised them.
      cheers
      Dave

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