I missed this by Chris Trotter a week ago. There is a statement from Cam Slater that the Greens are electoral Poison because when their policies are enacted they create poverty. Like may utopians, they assume that the body count they leave behind is justified by the end the have in sight.
But Chris Trotter produces a more noxious electoral poison for the left. Critical Race Theory.
Leftists who object that white workers will always have more in common with brown workers than they will with a white ruling-class that oppresses allworkers, get no joy from the followers of CRT. White elites may derive material benefits from their dominant position, but working-class whites derive equally important psychological benefits from their position in the racial hierarchy. According to CRT, the existence of a whole category of human-beings deemed immutably inferior to the white race, makes it easier for white workers to accept their own socio-economic subordination. At a stroke, Marxism is reduced to just another prop for white supremacy!
By stripping away all moral and philosophical grounds for unified struggle, CRT can only strengthen the elites’ grip on contemporary society. The abdication of SSFCA offers a textbook example of this phenomenon. The moral force of the nation’s secondary students in the fight against climate change has been significantly compromised. Doubts and resentments will spread swiftly through the SSFC Movement, making it a pretty safe bet that the turnout for any future demonstrations will be only a fraction of its former efforts. If the oil companies had set out to sabotage the domestic movement against anthropogenic global warming, then they could hardly have done a better job than these local adherents of CRT.
I think Trotter is correct. If a party is infected with CRT, it will lose effectiveness quicker than an alliance with the Greens, who remain reliably toxic. This hypothesis is about to be tested in a UK byelection.
What we do know is that Labour has run a communalist campaign in this by-election, attempting to drive Muslim voters to the polls along sectarian lines. I wrote last week about how this reflects Labour’s narrow, prejudiced view of British Muslims as a homogenous voting bloc more interested in goings on in Birzeit than Birstall. It also turns just and reasonable policies (support for Palestinian statehood, concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, a desire to see an end to violence) into harshly drawn dividing lines — within the Labour party as much as between Labour and the government. I would add that activists and commentators vocal when Labour was on the receiving end of this type of politics in previous elections have gone awfully quiet of late.
Voters in Batley and Spen go to the polls on 1 July. There is now no possibility of a good outcome for Labour. If the party wins, the lesson it will learn is that communalism works; if it loses, that it wasn’t communalist enough.
Batley and Spen is Labour held and has been for the last four elections. If it flips Tory, then this would suggest that CRT is akin to cyanide for any political process.
It’s far better not to tell members of the electorate they are guilty because of their skin colour