Friday, February 10, 2006

Recovering anti-capitalist politics in Aotearoa

Over on indymedia, Radical Youth member and hyperactivist Omar Hamed has been busy Reinventing Anti-Capitalism in Aotearoa. The result has been something of a generation gap, with sundry old farts chafing at Omar's references to irrelevant 'dead white guys' and 'really old socialist history'.

As usual, I've had my twenty cents' worth in the comments thread, so I'll shut up now and use this post as an opportunity to show off a fantastic image I found using google. It comes from a website called - what else? - Vodka on the Rocks - and shows a relic recovered from the Mikhail Lermontov, a Soviet ship which sunk in mysterious circumstances off the coast of New Zealand way back in the mid-80s, when Comrade Omar was just a twinkle in his parents' eyes.

I guess we could criticise the bloke in the photo for holding the sickle and hammer the wrong
way round, but historically some Trotskyists have reversed the direction of the sickle to differentiate the flags of their groups and the mastheads of their publications from those of their Stalinist rivals. Who knows? ;)


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