It’s one thing to criticize governments from an ivory tower; it’s quite another thing to take an essentially reformist whistleblowing organization and to turn it into a viable political party. Occupy Wall St. never had the cojones or the intention to even try to create a political party, perhaps because its leaders knew what an impossible task it would be to attempt to weld a mishmash of disaffected political activists and declassed petit-bourgeois holding diametrically opposed political opinions into a cohesive political party. So they never bothered to try, and fell on their own wooden swords – “rugged individualists”, all.
WikiLeaks is trying to assault the windmill of supra-class politics by creating the “WikiLeaks Party of Australia”. It’s essentially an attempt to spring Julian Assange from his gilded cage in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London by getting him elected to the Australian Senate, by which maneuver he will obtain (allegedly) diplomatic immunity of sorts. It’s not a bad idea providing that there is enough advanced political consciousness behind the noble – but extremely limited – reformist experiment of WikiLeaks. But, like most wishful thinking, this, too, has proven to be of no more substance than a wad of cotton candy.
The historical landscape is littered with the bones of long-dead but once high-flying reformist political parties that tried to base themselves on something besides the class struggle politics of the Marxist/Leninist communist movement. Idealistic reformists all across the globe who harbored deep hatred for the “communism” of the Stalinist USSR and its satellites sought repeatedly to create allegedly pro-working class anti-communist parties from scratch. Their success rate to date has been nil. They all wind up revealing their utter contempt for the working class, selling out strikes and, ultimately, throwing down with their “own” bourgeoisie and its imperialist state against revolutionary movements led by socialists or “communists”.
In Australia, as in Italy, their bourgeois democratic parliamentary system has produced hundreds of ridiculous self-aggrandizing single-issue “political parties” – none of which have any intention at all of ever taking power into their own callus-free little hands and building a new society. Most of these parties have some degree of hostility to Marxist ideology which causes them to distance themselves from the trade union and socialist movements of the working class. In fact, these petty political parties seem to want to pretend that the working class – numerically by far the largest section of the population in ANY modern nation-state – doesn’t even exist! Many – if not most – of their their party programs make no mention of support for the workers movement or for trade unions or for the working class at all. This is not an accident: it is due to the fact that the leaders of all these ridiculous and essentially phony “political parties” are run by small businessmen (petit-bourgeois) whose own personal wealth is based on the exploitation of workers, and whose hostility towards the organized working class arises directly from their class status as petit-bourgeois. The leadership of these parties are, by their very nature, incapable of overthrowing the existing economic and political order of things under capitalism. In fact, the only problem that the petit-bourgeois have against capitalism is that they themselves don’t own enough capital. Thus they find themselves – and their political party programs – utterly at odds with the class interests of the vast majority of their fellow citizens – the working class – from whom they and the big capitalists extract profits, enriching themselves and simultaneously impoverishing the workers.
Some of these petit-bourgeois would-be political “leaders” are conscious of the fact that their politics are in opposition to those of the working class. We imagine that most of these conscious opponents of the working class among the petit-bourgeoisie BECAME conscious of their opposition thanks to a Marxist friend or friends, or due to the teachings of a professor or two they ran across at university, who turned them on to the basics of Marxism way back when they were young and “idealistic”.
Others do not fit into this category. These unfortunate souls do not possess even a smattering of understanding of the fundamental class divisions of capitalist society (as elucidated by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels way back in 1848 in “The Communist Manifesto”). This vast ignorance of the basic political and social realities of the societies that these pathetically under-educated petit-bourgeois LIVE IN leaves them grasping at straws when they try, desperately, to defend their extremely tenuous position as small businessmen against the massive political and economic forces arrayed against them by the big capitalists. In a desperate attempt to appeal to the “better side” of the big capitalists, these pathetic petit-bourgeois parrot all the anticommunist and anti-working-class drivel they’ve been taught from the day they learned to watch T.V., spewing it back out in the form of their pathetic, reactionary “party programs”. The most foolish of them attempt to create political parties without making any attempt to make even the most cursory appeal to the brutally exploited masses of workers who work for them, live all around them and without whom the petit-bourgeois themselves wouldn’t even be able to exist!
This is precisely what Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks Party of Australia are trying to do. They have produced a party platform that doesn’t even MENTION the working class ONCE in the 15 pages of its party program! Only ONCE does this “party program” even MENTION the word “union” – and then it is referring to the “European Union”! Not even ONCE does it mention the concept of WOMEN’S RIGHTS! Hell, you can’t even find the words “woman” or “women” in it at all! It adopts essentially the same attitude towards immigrants as the current and previous Australian governments, asserting only that the detention of immigrants be “capped” at 45 days for “health and security” reasons, leving it up to the tender mercies of the Australian judicial system to decide if it would be O.K. to extend that detention period. In short, the WikiLeaks Party of Australia has produced a party program that is not worth a cup of spit in so far as any woman, worker or immigrant is concerned! BUT THEY WANT AND EXPECT TO OBTAIN THE WORKERS’ VOTES! AND THEY WANT THE WORKING CLASS TO FINANCE THE WIKILEAKS PARTY, TOO!
As if this isn’t insulting enough and absurd enough to the worker-citizens of Australia and the entire world, the WikiLeaks Party wants to go the extra distance in order to prove their allegiance to the class interests of the top 10% of filthy rich Australians by showing that the WLPA are not a threat to Australian capitalism!
How do they do this? By secretly submitting to the Australian Electoral Committee this list of their “preferred” political parties – parties to whom the WikiLeaks Party of Australia could hand over their votes in the event that the WikiLeaks Party of Australia does not win the 2013 Australian Senate election.
As many Australians were shocked to find out, and as you can see from the link above, the WikiLeaks Party of Australia has “preferred” several far-right parties and even at least one actual fascist party – the “Australia First Party” – over a number of socialist workers parties!
As if they had not made their political program clear enough by doing this, recently Julian Assange, WLPA candidate for Senate, in an online press conference, stated that he was a “big admirer” of U.S. Senators Ron and Rand Paul – both of whom are considered to be among the most right-wing conservative of all U.S. members of Congress! Both Ron and Rand Paul are famous for their opposition to abortion even in case of rape or incest; and Ron Paul is infamous for having – for years – published newsletters spouting disgusting racist and anti-Semitic propaganda!
The WikiLeaks party of Australia has claimed that the favoritism shown by them in their “preference statement” was due merely to an “administrative error”. But we warn the working class of Australia that the deep political CONSISTENCY of these actions shines a harsh light on the politics of the WikiLeaks Party of Australia. Among the leaders of this party are obviously some people who are extremely hostile to the rights of women, minorities and the workers movement. This comes as no surprise to Marxists like us, as we know from over 150 years of worldwide historical experience that the fascists recruit their leaders precisely from that petit-bourgeois strata of the population from which has emerged Julian Assange and the leadership of the WikiLeaks Party. We are not asserting that the WikiLeaks Party of Australia is a fascist or neo-fascist party: it is not. They are in fact running a man of Indian ancestry as one of their candidates. But they have openly allied themselves with people who are themselves closely aligned with some well-known extreme right-wing elements of both the Australian and U.S. political scenes. This is not an “administrative error”! It is a conscious attempt by the WikiLeaks Party of Australia to present to the capitalist class of Australia their “pledge of allegiance” to the capitalist system, and their distaste for any political movement of the working class.
[The “Friends of WikiLeaks -Chicago” group – which we are very closely allied to – has written an email to the WikiLeaks Party of Australia asking for immediate clarification of these “administrative errors”.]
It is because of this that we warn the working class of Australia: DO NOT VOTE FOR THE WIKILEAKS PARTY OF AUSTRALIA! They offer you, the workers of Australia, absolutely NOTHING in return for your vote. Their political program is a work in progress, and so far it doesn’t look good at all. They are a pro-capitalist political party, and have no intention of ever doing anything to disrupt the capitalist economy of Australia. In the words of Julian Assange: “Wikileaks Party is a party of accountability, it’s not a party of government… It’s a party to put into the Senate, to make sure whoever is put into the government does their job. It’s an insurance against the election.”
[Source: The Indian Down Under, “Suresh Rajan is a candidate from Western Australia for WikiLeaks Party”, 5 August, 2013 ]
In other words, they are a classic reformist outfit that will restrict themselves to holding the feet of the Australian capitalist class’ political puppets “to the fire” – nothing more. They are so boundlessly ignorant of the basic political and social realities of capitalist society that they simply do not deserve the support of any politically conscious worker.
We hope to have the time to provide a comprehensive critique of the WikiLeaks Party of Australia’s latest incarnation of its political program in the next week or so.