Marcia Langton ~versus~ the unreconstructed few standing to the left of Fidel Castro & Co.

Huh. Marcia Langton Was A Communist. But the Communist League is not the Communist League. The Communist League explains:

The [contemporary] Communist League was founded in 1989 as part of an international current sharing a course, and the Militant newspaper, with the [US] Socialist Workers Party and its continuity in the struggle for a proletarian party. The earlier Communist League from 1972 to 1977 was a sympathising organisation of the then-Fourth International. Within that organisation, the first CL was not directly aligned with the SWP.

So there you go.

Otherwise, there’s been a ding-dong battle in the media between Marcia, Boris, Jon, Sarah, Germaine, Tom, Dick & Harry. Arena magazine has compiled a range of opinion on recent debates — a product of Langton’s Boyer lectures — on their tumblr; Langton’s criticisms of the left in particular find precedent in an Overland lecture of 2001 [PDF]; some of the most recent contributions to the debate are:

Why Aboriginal issues are no longer black or white, Marcia Langton, The Age, March 14, 2013: “Boris Frankel’s view of my work is 20 years out of date and reveals his ignorance.”
Mining does not offer the answer to indigenous woes, Boris Frankel, The Age, March 12, 2013.
Langton fires up at academic critics, Russell Skelton, The Age, March 9, 2013.
Inequality gathers pace on board the gravy train, Germaine Greer, The Age, March 9, 2013.

See also : Would the real racists please stand up? (February 27, 2013).

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