Wellington anarchist Sam Buchanan has given me a bit of a serve over my claims that the Burmese “democracy” movement is .
Here’s a mini fisk of his comment.
Sam What a load of rubbish, Trev. There’s a Socialist Worker placard on a demo in Auckland and DASSK’s dad was briefly in the communist party, therefore communists are the ‘backbone’ of the democracy movement.
New Zeal Aung San Suu Kyi’s was the founding General Secretary of the Burmese Communist Party. Her maternal uncle was also a General Secretary of the Party. Even the Burmese authorities don’t accuse DASSK of being a communist-they accuse her of being manipulated by her “former” communist advisors.
Sam Trev, Socialist Worker aren’t the backbone of anything and communism isn’t genetic. I know this must shake your world view a bit, but it’s true. Neither does being at a meeting or something 20 years ago that a Marxist was at mean you are tainted yourself. Marxism is an idiotic ideology/theology, not a communicable disease.
New Zeal Socialist Worker are the backbone of several front groups from RAM to VAST to Climaction and the Solidarity Union. They have also played a leading role in leading the Auckland Burmese “democracy” movement.
However the “red nappy baby” is a very real phenomonon. NZ’s own Locke, Bradford, Alley, Beaglehole, Harre, Gale, Oosterman, Mountier, Brock, Marston, Shadbolt and Bollinger families have all produced two to three generations of left activists for example.
Its a bit like the mafia-if you’re family’s in it, you’re more likely to be in it.
To paraphrase Tony Soprano-“my father was in it (the mob), my uncle was in it-what choice did I have?
Sam As for the Burmese, the Burmese Communist party is insignificant these days after China switched to backing the military regime. I spent a bit of time with part of the Burmese democracy movement (regt. 3 of the All Burma Student’s Democratic Front) and there was one ex-BCP guy in the camp – respected as a long term activist, but his Marxism was considered ridiculous (people made Stalin jokes) and irrelevent.
New Zeal The BCP is still a force in Burma as are many leftist and Maoist student groups. As you would know Sam, some of these are aligned to the Asian Student’s Association which is in turn aligned to various Maoist parties in India, Nepal and the Philippines.
I believe China has been playing this game for years. That is forging ties with the governments of India, Nepal, the Philippines and Burma, while secretly backing Maoist insurgencies against those same governments.
Even in NZ, the Chinese used to back the local Maoists in the Workers Communist League, Organisation for Marxist Unity etc, while professing undying friendship for our government of the day.
It’s called being duplicitous Sam and the Chinese are very good at it.