by Peter KavanaghNews Weekly
The DLP and Stalinism in the ALP (letter)
, August 7, 2010
Former NSW Labor Premier Bob Carr's recent support for the Democratic Labor Party (DLP)'s position on the Cold War (quoted in News Weekly
, July 24) is not unique. Clyde Cameron and Jim McClelland also admitted in their final years that the persecution of DLP people that led to the Labor Split was bogus and misguided.
From our historical position it is clear that anti-communists were correct. Communism was indeed by its very nature economically backward to the point of inducing famine and even widespread cannibalism, and it was inherently oppressive and murderous on an historically unprecedented scale.
The heroic sacrifices that DLP people made in opposition to Marxism-Leninism, including giving up dozens of parliamentary careers, has been utterly vindicated by history.
In the West's struggle against barbarism, some leading Australians betrayed their country when they elected to do Moscow's bidding to advance the cause of Stalinism. Those leaders included many in high positions in the ALP (with some of them also in the Communist Party).
It is disappointing, even two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that there are still intelligent Australians who seek to excuse or minimise their betrayal while also insulting the memories of DLP founders and heroic anti-communists.Peter Kavanagh,
Democratic Labor Party (DLP) MLC for Western Victoria,