Welcome to the August issue of Fightback (Aotearoa/NZ). Fightback is a revolutionary socialist group with branches in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
Racism sparked key debates and struggles throughout July. In Aotearoa/NZ, the rising popularity of a page entitled ‘The Pakeha Party,’ a backlash against the politics of Māori sovereignty, sparked controversy. Fightback member Thomas Roud, also involved in Christchurch group Anti-Racist Action, argues both that The Pakeha Party’s blindness to history is racist, and that progressives can’t afford to ignore this Pākeha backlash.
In the USA, the belly of the beast, vigilante George Zimmerman was acquitted for murdering young black boy Trayvon Martin. This sparked protests across the country, including an occupation of the Capitol in Florida. In an article reprinted from Socialist Worker (USA), Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor gives the “verdict on American racism.”
The international growth of state surveillance is also a concern for socialists and other progressives. Fightback supporter Ciaran Doolin covers the link between state surveillance and imperialist violence under Obama, (p10-12) while Byron Clark covers both the case of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (p12-13) and the Government Communications Secrecy Bureau (GCSB) bill which gives the government greater surveillance rights in Aotearoa/NZ.
Finally, Polly Peek covers the shifting of responsibility for welfare onto private providers, (p16-18) and Ian Anderson responds to criticisms of the ‘millenial generation.’