New Greens leader: Ever More Marxist than the Last, by Rebecca Tenerife.
The Greens are not a party in any sense of the term as we understand it in Australia. An attempt has been made to portray them as the political wing of the non-government organisation movement; environmental, human rights, feminist, refugee groups coming together in the way trade unions came together towards the end of the nineteenth century to form the Australian Labor Party and similar parties around the world. This sounds plausible but is wrong. The unions and labour guilds that formed the ALP had a common purpose. The Greens lack that.
Instead, a much more accurate description exists. It rightly says that the Greens are a flag of convenience for left-wing groups to sail under in a bid to make into parliament. Unfortunately for the party, these are competing left-wing groups. This is most clear in New South Wales, with the influence of the watermelons and their brutal war against the deep greens, the genuine environmentalists within the party. …
Party founder Bob Brown found it impossible to exercise authority over the watermelons, the red greens; not just as leader but working behind the scenes after he stood down. It’s a dead giveaway that he now conducts his campaigns through the Bob Brown Foundation rather than his own party. Richard Di Natale has had nothing like his authority. He’s washing his hands of the mess.
The Greens are both a fraud and a farce. They only stay afloat because of a mixture of rich fools, naive do-gooders, virtue signallers, vacuous student types, trendies — and hard work by hard-leftists who have realised these “useful idiots”, as Lenin called them, will get their people into parliament.
After the undeniable failure of communism when the Russians walked away from it and the Berlin Wall came down, western communists looked around for a means to continue their struggle without being laughed at. The comrades decided to infiltrate the green movement, as cover for their long term goals.
Since 1990, western green parties have housed many hard left types. But before 1990, green groups were genuinely concerned with ecology — and their politics were much more varied and much more centrist. But the ecological types were too politically naive. They proved easy pickings for the determined and politically-savvy communists, who have now largely taken over.
Adam Bandt was elected the the new leader. A comment shortly before his election, by Dight Canning:
So the Greens appear set to select a waterman, Adam Bandt, PhD in Marxism from the University of Melbourne, as their leader — the man who blocked the release of his thesis to the public until enough copies leaked and it was proven to be impenetrable jargon. The fight over the name “Greens” and the party assets should be fun as the genuine environmentalists divorce from not just the crypto, but real communists.
This guy? An ideologue? I’m wearing my shocked face.