Don Franks was a Maoist/Stalinist in the ’70s (Wellington Marxist-Leninist Organisation) a Maoist in the early ’80s (Workers Communist League), a Trotskyist in the ’90s (Socialist Worker) and a Maoist/Trotsyist hybrid in the ’00s (Workers Party).
He says he supports workers, but can’t explain why he supported Stalin and Mao, long after their mass murder of workers and peasants were well known.
His Workers Party claims it supports gay rights and is NZ’s leading supporter of the Nepalese Maoist rebels, now entering into coalition government in Nepal.
Someone posted an article on Indymedia yesterday exposing the Nepalese Maoist’s suppression of gay people.
Is Don up in arms about this horrible betrayal? Is he leading a march up Lambton Quay demanding that his Nepalese comrades abandon their heinous practices?
No, not yet anyway.
Here is an exchange from the comment thread from the article in question.
Anon what do you say to that workers party people. your guerilla heroes are the morality police in disguise.
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Don Franks Re: Nepalese Maoists plan to wipe out homosexuality 08 Jan 2007 by Anonymous
Well, anonymous,I’m not an expert on Nepal, although I’ve found much to admire in first hand reports of the Maoist’s antifeudal struggle.
If the report below is correct, then it is bad news. The history of revolutionary socialism is for gay rights. For example the bolshevik legislation after the 1917 revolution and recent gay marriage celebrated in the Communist New People’s army of the Philipines. By contrast, Stalinists in power have opressed gay people.
The Workers Party stands for full gay liberation.
New Zeal Is the the strong uncompromising stand we expect from the champion of gay rights that Don claims to be?
There is a word for people who give moral aid and comfort to oppressors. People who at least turn a blind eye when confronted by plain evil. It is a very dirty word.
It is collaborator.
Hang your head in shame, Don Franks.