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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Green Party file 3 Jeanette Fitzsimons, Covert Socialist?

Green Party file 2 here

If anybody epitomises the Green Party's deceptive public persona it is long time party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.


Outwardly gentle, moderate and oh so green, Jeanette Fitzsimons is, for many people, the reassuring face of the Green Party. No Sue Bradford fanaticism, or Keith Locke loony leftism with Jeanette-what you see is what you get. Or is it?

Like all decievers, even Jeanette Fitzsimons lets her guard down occasionally.

At Easter 1994 a large Green Left conference was held in Sydney, organised by the Australian Democratic Socialist Party (DSP). As deceptive as their New Zealand Green Party friends, the DSP, despite their name, is an hard core communist party.


A Democratic Socialist Party march, mid 90s.

Said DSP leader Susan Price in the party's Green Left Weekly magazine of 26th April 1995 “The DSP is a Marxist-Leninist party, and we don't think that is a bad thing."

The Green Left conference attracted left wing activists from Australasia, Asia, Africa and North and South America. Attendees were virtually all Marxist-Leninists or Greens and included several New Zealanders including Keith Locke and Jeanette Fitzsimons representing the New Zealand Alliance Party and the Greens respectively.

From Green Left Weekly 13th April 1994 The International Green Left Conference, held over the Easter long weekend at the University of New South Wales, brought together a wide range of activists and concerned individuals to discuss and debate the ecological and social problems currently facing the world.

The highly successful conference grew out of an initiative of the Democratic Socialist Party. It involved some 900 participants in conference sessions and/or public meetings. They came from all over Australia and around the world.

The conference discussed how to further build and strengthen the movements for social change through panels, workshops and plenary sessions which explored new approaches to increasingly complex challenges. Major themes included socialism, feminism, environmental politics, labour struggles and international solidarity.

International guests spoke of political developments in their countries and how they are organising in new parties and formations. Jeanette Fitzsimons, Green Party member and deputy co-leader of the New Zealand Alliance, described the Alliance's improved electoral chances under the new, more democratic, proportional representation system in that country...

The panel... “How can we build a sustainable society”, was one of the best attended and included Jeanette Fitzsimons, Graham Mathews from the Democratic Socialist Party, and Dr Nguyen Khac Kinh, deputy director of Vietnam's National Environment Agency. The broad and open views discussed highlighted the importance of linking green and left perspectives in reaching common strategies and goals.


Other references claim that Peter Camejo from the US also spoke at this forum. Camejo, was once described by Ronald Reagan as one the 10 most dangerous men in California. He was in 1976, a presidential candidate for the Trotskyiste, Socialist Workers Party, in the early '90s a leader of the Communist Party USA off-shoot Committees of Correspondence and in 2002, stood for the Green Party against Arnold Schwarzeneggerer for the governorship of California. Camejo openly describes himself as a "watermelon", "green on the outside, red on the inside".

Perhaps Peter Camejo is more honest than our own Green Party leader.

Another highlight of the event was the launching at the conference dinner of Links magazine, a "new international journal of socialist renewal and discussion".

This project involves a range of activists from left parties and organisations including the Democratic Socialist Party, the US Committees of Correspondence, Brazilian Workers Party, South African Communist Party, the New Zealand Alliance and the Leninist opposition in the Communist Party of the Philippines. "It is aimed at promoting discussion and greater understanding between the forces for socialism that are actively involved in building parties and organisations."

According to another participant, US Trotskyist, Committees of Correspondence and Green Party member Malik Miah Links aimed at "promoting discussion and greater understanding between the forces for socialism that are actively involved in building parties and organizations. An exclusive interview with Sandinista leader and former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is the lead article in the first issue....two articles on socialist renewal in the Communist Party of the Philippines; a report on left unity in South Africa; an article on left regroupment in the U.S...

The editorial board includes Jeremy Cronin, a leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP)and editor of The African Communist; Langa Zita from the SACP and the South African metalworkers union; Dr. Francisco Nemenzo from the Philippines; Baddegama Samitha from the New Socialist Party of Sri Lanka; and leading members from the New Zealand Alliance, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the Farabundo Mart¡ National Liberation Front(FMLN) and the Fourth International."



According to Links editor Peter Boyle "This is a project involving the left from the Communist Party, the Trotskyist, Maoist, ex-Social Democratic, independent left and liberation theology traditions. We all have in common a desire for socialist renewal based on support for democracy, feminism, ecological sustainability and internationalism."

Unfortunately I don't know whether or not Jeanette Fitzsimons took out a subscription. However her colleague Keith Locke did have an article in the second edition and Alliance colleague Matt McCarten did score a spot on the editorial board.

Jeanette Fitzsimons also spoke at another conference forum on women in politics

According to Green Left Weekly 29th June 1994.Four women from different countries and different political backgrounds discussed their experiences at the International Green Left Conference held in Sydney over Easter. The panel involved Greens (WA) Senator Christabel Chamarette; Luciana Castellina, a member of the Directorate of the Party of Communist Refoundation in Italy and of the European Parliament; Dulce Maria Pereira, a Workers Party (PT) alternate senator in the Sao Paulo State Assembly in Brazil, and Jeanette Fitzsimons, spokesperson for the New Zealand Green Party and co-deputy leader and of the New Zealand Alliance.

The Party of Communist Refoundation is a left split from the old Italian Communist Party which was regarded as too moderate. The Brazillian Workers Party is an alliance of communists, Trotskyists, liberation theologians, black activists and greens-a model in fact for the New Zealand Alliance Party of the '90s.

While Jeanette Fitzsimons never mentions the "S" word when speaking to the media in this country, she was less guarded when among friends. Fitzsimons told the DSP's Green Left Weekly number 147, June 1994 "If socialism is to survive as a relevant political movement in the 21st century, it must develop a response to the ecological crisis and a socialist strategy to build a sustainable future. Green Left Weekly provides the tools of information and analysis to make that possible."

Would New Zealand voters support Jeanette Fitzsimons if they saw her rubbing shoulders with 900 of the most hard core communists on the planet and spouting off about socialism?

What do you think?

Green Party file 4 here

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious!

You've given vast evidence that Fitzsimons once went to a conference of socialists and told them they should become Green.

Well, yeah. And she goes to conferences of business leaders and tells them they should become Green.

And she says the same to pretty much anybody else she can find too.

Keep it up with the conspiracy theories, they're great! And keep wearing the tinfoil hat, mate, otherwise those orbital mind-control lasers will get you...

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"rubbing shoulders with 900 of the most hard core communists on the planet"

Nice to see things haven't changed. To start with Trev describes the attendees at a conference 14 years ago as "virtually all Marxist-Leninists or greens". "Virtually all" means "not all", but by the end all 900 are "hardcore communists".

This makes perfect sense - greens are communists because they once went to a conference which communists went to and we know communists went to it because greens went to it and greens are communists because they went to a conference that communists went to and...

And naughty old Fitzsimons used the 'S' word! In fact she told socialists that if they want to be relevent the need to become green. Therefore she is a communist (because all greens are communists and so is anyone who uses the 'S' word).

I'm also a communist because years ago I went to a conference that had communists at it. I also worked for a company owned by a couple of ACT members which makes me a capitalist as well I guess (or is it only communism that's infectious?).

Which makes it hard to figure out why I still think Marxism is a load of old codswallop and wouldn't vote Green unless you paid me (bids are open now). Perhaps Dr. Trev can explain?

Cheers

Sam Buchanan

10:28 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

How are you Sam. Getting ready for the big day on Saturday?

11:51 PM  
Anonymous George said...

Sam, I'll pay you five bucks if you vote Green. It's illegal of course, but never mind that!

I remember that in previous elections ACT spent about $10 per vote, so they're probably winning at the moment.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Heine said...

Good work Trev, I like it how hard the others are trying to pretend it wasn't true or that it is innocent.

Either they are absolutely stupid or not being honest with you Trev.

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not bad at all thanks, Trev.

Yup, Saturday was a big day - the small child I took fishing caught a spotty, which was pretty exciting for her, then we toddled off to the playground to crawl through plastic pipes and go down slides.

By the way, please don't tell the Greens about the fishing - They'd probably have me excommunicated from the Green-Leftist-Anarchist-Marxist-Jihadist-Leftist-Penguin Alliance for the Destruction of Western Civilisation for damaging the environment or for maintaining decadent Kiwi traditions! :)

Have a nice day.

Sam

10:52 AM  

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