For the next month, it seems writing and politics is going to merge in its goals. I’m doing a “branch talk” at a socialist meeting at the start of April. I thought this would be something important to mention as it will be taking up a lot of my time and both writing and politics is something important to me.
The talk will go for between 20 and 25 minutes and is on ‘Racism and Resistance in Australia’ and basically goes over the history of racism in Australia, making the argument that racism is systematic to capitalism, and that the forms racism has taken in Australia are propagated by the ruling class for their particular needs.
This is a pretty big thing for a socialist and writing a branch talk requires a lot of work, with heaps of reading and writing. For this reason, I’ve put all other writing projects on hold until I’ve done this – except for blogging. I’ve finished reading The White Tiger, and so have put all other reading on hold as well, except for a reading group I’m doing on Marxist economics. The rest of my reading will focus on Australian racism and resistance.
Topics I’ll be covering, and mentioning here, will include the dispossession of the Indigenous population, the myth of the Eureka stockade being racist, the White Australia policy, anti-Asian racism, WWII and anti-Japanese racism, multiculturalism, Pauline Hanson and the One Nation Party, and the War on Terror and anti-Muslim racism.
Since I love to blog, filing a lot of the research I do here will help me to keep motivated. Wish me luck!
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