by Timothy Walling

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I.

For overseas readers, I’ll give an exposition here of what the Reclaim Australia rallies are about. The first Reclaim rally took place in April 2015 in major cities (including Melbourne and Sydney) across Australia, and like many social protest movements in this decade, were organised on social media. The rallies drew in a wide-cross section of Australians – many from nationalist political groups and factions, many not affiliated with any political party or organisation at all; the elderly, the young, the working and middle classes, the politically active and the politically inactive all numbered among the attendees. The rallies were dedicated to two ideas: patriotism and anti-Islam. The first rallies – especially in Melbourne – saw unprecedented violence from Trotskyite communists, who abused, spat on and physically assaulted attendees. The communists in Melbourne formed a blockade around the central section of the rally while the Victorian police, outnumbered by both the communists and the Reclaim attendees, desperately tried to keep control.

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After the first rally, a faction within the Reclaim movement – the United Patriots Front (UPF) – emerged – and held a demonstration in Richmond in May 2015 against communists in the Socialist Party of Australia (SPA) in the Richmond City Council. On Saturday July the 18th Reclaim held another rally – one just for Melbourne (because of the sheer size of the Trotskyite opposition there); on Sunday, July the 19th, Reclaim rallies are being held at other cities across Australia, including Sydney and Adelaide. Various nationalist and patriotic groups – such as Reclaim Australia, Rise Up Australia, the UPF, Nationalist Alternative, the Australian Defence League, among others – attended.

The Melbourne rally took place in a calm and secure environment. We saw some sporadic violence from the communists, who employ a roving pack of five or six men (the ‘basher gang’ as I call them) who target isolated members of Reclaim; they surround them and assault them. As the Sydney Reclaim members (who had come down especially for the Melbourne rally on the Saturday) headed back to Sydney in the evening, the ‘basher gang’ throw a wine bottle at the windscreen of their bus. A Reclaim member who stepped out of the door to confront the basher gang was assaulted by them and knocked unconscious; the other Reclaim members swarmed out, overpowered the bashers, who ran away, and called for an ambulance for their injured comrade.

Hopefully the basher gang will be identified by the police, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned. But we shouldn’t underestimate the violence and immorality of the communist Left.

As stated, the actual rally went ahead in peace and quiet. But the communists are making the absurd claim that they prevented the rally from going ahead and that they won a ‘victory’. In an report in the Melbourne Age newspaper, ‘Police condemn violence as protesters clash at Parliament House’, we find:

No Room For Racism rally speaker Ezekiel Ox claimed victory, shouting: “make some noise because it is three-nil against the racists in Melbourne.”

Mr Ox said a number of tactics were successfully used to stop the Reclaim Australia and United Patriots’ Front rallies.

The group then did a “victory march” down to Exhibition Street and then back to Bourke Street.

One has to ask: what tactics were ‘successfully used to stop the Reclaim Australia and United Patriots’ Front rallies’? Yesterday’s rally went ahead. As for ‘victory marches’, well, any group can march back up and down Exhibition Street and Bourke Street.

In the Herald-Sun report, ‘Reclaim Australia rally: Anti-racism and anti-Islam groups clash in Spring St’, Stephen Jolly, the communist SPA councillor in Richmond, made extraordinary comments:

Socialist Yarra councillor and rally organiser Stephen Jolly said he was delighted with the strong turnout, claiming his side outnumbered the right wing by about 10-1.

“The idea that we were going to let these guys come into Melbourne and spread their hate was never going to happen,” Cr Jolly said.

“The only violence that occurred took place when some of their people walked through our line and started acting provocatively.

“We didn’t want a fistfight with them, we just wanted to clear them off our streets.

“I reckon they will be going home feeling pretty demoralised tonight.”

Jolly stated before the rally that the communist counter-protestors would number 5000; the Fairfax media (which seems to sympathise with the communists) put the number of communists at a thousand. I myself estimate that they numbered 200 to 300 – the same number of communists who attended the Richmond rally in May. The BBC (surprisingly enough) report, ‘Melbourne clashes as nationalists and anti-racist groups rally’, gave an accurate tally of the communist numbers.

The communists are deluding themselves if they believe that they ‘stopped’, ‘shut down’, the rally. The rally went ahead. You can see for yourself, because footage (nearly one and a half hour’s worth) is available on the Nationalist Alternative You Tube channel:

Jolly and Ox are channelling Groucho Marx, who, when trying to pull a fast one over someone, said ‘Who are going to believe – me or your lying eyes?’. Here are the annotations for the YouTube clip:

Reclaim Australia rally, Melbourne, 18th July 2015

  • 0:00 Fiery speech by Blair before the march
  • 1:13 We march! Towards parliament, and pick up reinforcements along the way
  • 12:50 Triumphant arrival at the Reclaim rally
  • 15:42 ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is played at front of parliament
  • 22:35 Speech by Tom
  • 27:30 Speech by Blair
  • 35:06 Speech by Shermon
  • 39:06 Announcement by Blair
  • 42:02 Speech by Danny Nallia
  • 46:03 Some closing comments from Blair
  • 47:39 Speech by Ralph on conditions in Lakemba
  • 53:56 National anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’ is sung
  • 55:01 Speeches at rally come to an end; we socialise and chat
  • 1:06:45 Shouting at commies through a megaphone
  • 1:09:28 A chat with Blair: ‘The Left lost – they couldn’t shut down the rally’
  • 1:12:05 More shouting at commies
  • 1:12:55 Blair and Shermon make some filmed comments for Facebook
  • 1:17:28 We sing ‘You’ll always lose in Melbourne’ at the commies
  • 1:19:00 Laughing and joking at the Gordon Reserve
  • 1:22:20 Some communists attempt to approach; we chase them off

Finally, look at the photo at the beginning of the article: it shows the Reclaim celebration after party at a nearby pub. Do these look like they’ll being going home ‘demoralised’?

But take a look at the below photos. The communists there don’t seem to be in a state of high spirits, and in fact, they probably did go home quite demoralised that evening:

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I think that the Trotskyite leadership is exhibiting all the signs of a progressive mental deterioration – a descent into full-blown self-delusion of the Jim Jones People’s Temple variety. But the communist groups (especially the Trotskyite) have always resembled cults. They live in a bubble universe into which reality can’t be allowed to penetrate.

II.

I’ll now give a blow by blow description of what happened on the day of the rally.

I turned up to prearranged meeting point in Carlton around 10.30. The UPF and other groups were to form up there and go in to the rally at around 1 pm. Unfortunately, the Reclaim contingent started early and turned up at Spring Street at 11. It was at this point – when Reclaim numbered only a few – that most of the violence between the communists and Reclaim occurred. The communists tried to break through the police cordon and were pepper-sprayed, but managed to pick off one or two isolated individuals and assault them. One Reclaim member was stabbed with a pen, and five arrests were made. While my contingent were still assembling at the park, we saw reports on social media – via our smart phones – of the carnage taking place only a few blocks away. Being few at number, and having to wait for reinforcements, we couldn’t move down there to help them.

I found the wait agonising; I felt like a coiled spring. The others felt it too. I could compare it to a soldier’s psychosis which occurs in hours before a battle is about to start – the waiting was unbearable.

Finally we got ready to jump off. Flags were unfurled, banners and signs taken out, and we moved into formation. Blair gave a speech – a ‘rev ’em up’ speech before we set out.

The march took about ten minutes. We collected some reinforcements along the way: some stragglers who were coming late to the rally. We barked at them, ‘Line up!’ and they joined in. Cars tooted their horns in support…

The police officers walking alongside us seemed to be in a state of excitement. I took the impression that we were about to plunge into a maelstrom – a sea of communist counter-demonstrators who would attempt to break the police lines and attack us.

That wasn’t the case. When we marched through Spring Street and in front of parliament, an eerie silence reigned. The tops of Spring and Bourke Streets had been closed down, fenced off; they seemed as empty as a desert. Without crowds in front of it, the austere, neoclassical beauty of the parliament building – which resembled the Reichstag in WWII Germany – made itself felt.

The Reclaim rally was in full swing when we reached them. Once they saw my contingent, and the sea of Australian flags, they whooped and cheered. It was as though we were cavalry rescuing a besieged fortress. But, after arriving, I felt somewhat deflated and confused. The expected clash with the communists – like two opposing rugby teams colliding at the opening of a match – didn’t arise. The communists seemed so far away that they may as well have been on Mars. We could hear them at a distance, but they didn’t overpower with us through noise as they did during previous rallies. One great advantage we possessed were speakers mounted on the back of trucks; these allowed us to ‘out-noise’ the communists.

The Rise Up Australia and Reclaim contingent were finishing off their speeches when we arrived, and played a recording of Slim Dusty performing ‘Waltzing Matilda’. The sound of this must have enraged the Left, who had nothing in response to it except their nihilistic chants and slogans. (It can’t be emphasised enough how much the communists hate Australia). Tom, Blair, Shermon, Danny Nallia and others went on to give some terrific speeches, and, at the end, we sang the Australian national anthem, ‘Advance Australia Fair’ (more fuel to the fire for the Left).

After the close of the rally, we socialised and hanged around for about half an hour, in front of Parliament House, before heading off. A few wags chanted the jeering communist slogan, ‘You’ll always lose in Melbourne – f**k off!’ at the communists, because, in our view, the communists had lost.

As we headed back to Carlton, I felt somewhat twitchy and nervous – as any soldier does after a battle. At the head of 150 people, and carrying my equipment, I felt like some sergeant leading a company of men back from the battlefield, with my machine gun on my shoulder and on the lookout for the enemy, who may be lurking in a patch of bush, up a tree, anywhere… At one point we became convinced that we were being followed – but any communist would have been suicidal to follow us. Finally, we arrived at a bar and restaurant and drank and socialised for hours. Whereas before I had felt ‘coiled like a spring’, now I unwound and became talkative and sociable. I saw many new faces, and some old ones, who remembered me from Nationalist Alternative events from years before. One of the extraordinary things achieved by the Reclaim rallies was the bringing out of the woodwork many of the activists of the Far Right and nationalist movement, who had been lurking on the Internet for years (as opposed to getting out on the street and demonstrating). A real feeling of comradeship existed at that restaurant that evening.

III.

Here I want to explore the strategy of both the Far Left and Right at these rallies.
I’ve gone into detail in previous articles as to why the communists use violence and coercion against Far Right and nationalist movements, and why they encourage their members to commit criminal acts – I won’t repeat myself here. Suffice to say, the Trotskyite communists, following the precepts of Lenin in State and Revolution (1917) want to ‘smash the state’ in a full-blown frontal assault; ‘smashing’ entails violent confrontations with the police and assaults – verbal and physical – on the ideals of liberal democratic state itself. Liberalism guarantees freedom of speech, assembly, association; it enshrines these rights in a constitution. The liberal state uses its monopoly on violence and coercion to enforce those rights. But if the communists act as a state within a state, and declare that they decide who gets to march and who doesn’t, then they are challenging the state’s monopoly directly; they are also attacking liberalism by denying weak and vulnerable political groupings (such as the nationalists and patriots) their rights.
But are the communist tactics working? If you, as a political group, want to challenge the state directly – and one means of this is by fomenting anarchistic violence – you’d best be strong. But the communists, especially when going up against Melbourne and Sydney’s finest, have shown themselves to be weak. They don’t possess the numbers and the strength to overwhelm the protective cordons around the Reclaim rallies. The police weapons – such as pepper spray – proved to be devastating to the communists (in fact, the pepper spray was nearly as devastating as a flame thrower). Police tactics at the Melbourne rally showed themselves to be more effective this time around than at previous rallies, and for certain, the police in Victoria would have communicated those techniques to the police of New South Wales. Going up against the state in a head-on collision, then, doesn’t work for the commies any more.
The communists, then, should discontinue their ‘contrived riot’ tactics. To explain the ‘contrived riot’, I’ll quote from Philip Selznick’s classic work of sociology, The Organizational Weapon: A Study of Bolshevik Strategy and Tactics (1952). Here he describes the riot tactics (deployed, ironically, by the pro-Soviet Left against the Trotskyite or non-communist Left):

The communists have been willing to use contrived riots to deny the right of opposition groups to meet. This is not simply a matter of antifascist activity, but of attempts to intimidate other left-wing organizations. Thus in the early days of the Trotskyist movement in the United States, the official communists attempted to break up the gatherings of this new and threatening tendency, long before Trotsky was denounced as a “fascist.” A large socialist meeting at Madison Square Garden was turned into a riot by the communists in February, 1934. And as late as 1944 the communists attempted to disrupt a pacifist meeting, addressed by a socialist leader and held under Quaker auspices. Activities of this sort have been episodic, apart from direct bids for state power, but they indicate the willingness of the party to attempt to eliminate oppositionist elements by any means, including direct efforts to deny them the streets.

‘Deny them the streets’ – that’s exactly what the communists have been trying to do to Reclaim this year, and to the Far Right in Australia for the past forty years.
As well as ‘contrived riots’, the communists make use of ‘selective bashings’. They’ll pick off a vulnerable person and subject them to a beating. Again, they’ve been doing this at least since the 1920s and 1930s. They engage in these calculated acts of political terror so as to dissuade (to put it mildly) the targeted recipients of these bashings from participating in political life (or to ensure that the individual makes a decision in their favour – i.e., to vote the ‘right way’ in an upcoming union election). I think that these terror tactics backfire, and usually they make the individual – if he’s made of stern stuff – even more determined to oppose the communists. In any case, the communist won’t be able to avail themselves once their ‘basher gangs’ are put out of business by the police and once the patriots and nationalists take steps to ensure the security of their comrades at these rallies. (I would make it an iron rule that nationalists must always, always show up to meetings as part of a strong group and never, never travel alone).

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Finally, I would suggest that the alliance between Islam and Trotskyite communism has been shown to be a mistake. Ironically, the day before the Melbourne rally, a Muslim terrorist attack took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee (the perpetrator texted a friend a verse from Koran just before the attack). I myself predicted that something like this would happen on the Friday before the rally, as Muslim terrorists show a propensity to carry out their attacks on Fridays. I think, by 2015, even the most ill-informed Westerner knows that an association exists between the doctrine of Muhammad (as contained in the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith) and intolerance, oppression, violence – values which are not commensurate with Western values or that matter any non-Muslim’s values. By throwing their lot in with Islam, the unsavoury aspects of the doctrine and the practice will rub off on the Left; the average Australian, the average worker, will ask himself what the devil the commies are doing by associating with Islam. Now, it’s quite true that the Trotskyites don’t give a damn for public opinion, and they don’t care for the opinion of the Australian working-classes – in fact, they despise the working-class. All the same, they aren’t doing themselves any favours. They want to portray themselves to the media as the ‘good guys’ who are taking a stand against intolerance, cruelty, etc. But one will ask, quite naturally, if that’s the case, why are they associating with Islam? (Added to that, I think, after this weekend, that the average Australian views the communists themselves as being a violent and intolerant group, which they are).

It would be in the interests of the communists in this country, and the Left as a whole, if the Trotskyites were to ditch their old 1930s-style terror tactics and their new association with Islam. But communists can’t change. As stated before, they live in a bubble universe. I think Jolly and the other communist leaders made their outlandish proclamations of ‘victory’ with one eye on the rank and file of their respective groups; that is, they wanted to keep their spirits up and cheer them on. Communism doesn’t work, nobody in Australia wants it, nobody even in Russia and China wants it; but the Trotskyite cults and grouplets, in order to survive, must pretend that communism is still viable and furthermore that their tactics are working.

Finally, it should be pointed out that the old ‘anti-fascist’ tactics – as pioneered by Trotskyite front groups such as the Anti-Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism – are becoming outmoded as well. The militant Left would make it a practice of taking photographs of nationalists and seeking to obtain their personal details, and then put pressure on their employers to get them fired. But, with the age of social media, nationalists politics in Australia has developed a new transparency – more and more of the leadership, such as Shermon and Blair, are willing to show their faces and use their names. What’s more, too many people are coming to these rallies for the ‘anti-fascists’ to keep track of; the ‘anti-fascists’ aren’t dealing with cults and cliques, small in number, any more.

When watching a news report of the rally in Sydney, the mincing, effeminate spokesman for the Sydney communists declared to the camera that the Reclaimers were all ‘Neo-Nazis and fascists’. The camera then panned across the massed Reclaim crowd – most of them ‘mums and dads’ wearing or waving the Australia flag. (It appeared to be a sea of red, white and blue). As time goes on, the communists will find it harder to maintain that Reclaim is neo-Nazi, fascist, racist, etc. It will become apparent to all that the communists are labouring under the delusion that Australia itself is ‘fascist’, ‘racist’, ‘Nazi’ – Slim Dusty himself was a ‘racist’ and a ‘Nazi’.

It’s at this point that I’ll explain the strategy of the nationalist movement (or that side of the movement which is co-operating and working with Reclaim). We are in the process of building a united front which includes all the nationalist groups and organisations, and welcomes all individual nationalist activists. It doesn’t matter if the person comes from Rise Up Australia, Reclaim, UPF, PDLA, UAF, ADL, Nationalist Alternative, Australia First, Australian Protectionists, Q Society…; he may be a free agent unaffiliated with any group. What matters is that he attends the rallies, obeys the rules (including the dress code) and becomes part of the movement (and this shall be a movement, not a party). The likes of Danny Nallia and Shermon shall be the leaders, and Islam will remain the focus. But long-time, experienced and ideologically-indoctrinated Far Right activists (many who have been struggling for over a decade) shall form the nucleus. They shan’t seek to impose their views on others, and what’s more, at every opportunity they will (quite literally) wrap themselves in the flag and behave as aficionados of Slim Dusty / Cronulla Australian patriotism. This is despite the fact that many of their core ideological principles come from 20th century Europe and America.

Now a certain type of nationalist – who I call the ‘political pedant’ – may object. ‘You are not willing to acknowledge x problem, or y creed. I believe that y or x is the most important thing in the world, while the vast mass of Reclaimers don’t; therefore, I won’t have anything to do with them and I won’t come to your rallies’. I grant that there is a time for sectarian nit-picking and hair-splitting, but now is not the time. I say to the political pedants: do you prefer to participate in a political movement, composed of your fellow Australians, or do you want to remain a party of one person, that is, yourself? How do you expect to get traction for your views by alienating others?

At the moment, the Reclaim ideology consists of little bits and pieces: Aussie patriotism, anti-Islam, a little Zionism here and there… Over time, a division shall emerge in Reclaim between (what I refer to obliquely) the Europeans and the non-Europeans, that is, between the devotees of certain European ideas of the last century and those who are not (and who may even be militantly opposed to them). This division shall come to resemble the split between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. But, to repeat, we find ourselves a long way away – perhaps years, perhaps decades – from when the line is drawn in the sand and the split becomes readily apparent. At the moment, the ‘Europeans’ find themselves in a weak position. For a long time, we must be prepared to conceal our true ideological leanings behind Aussie nationalist camouflage. In the same way, the communists conceal their Marxist-Leninism from the media and portray themselves as simple humanists and ‘socialists’.

We know that, when PEGIDA – the short-lived anti-Islam German populist movement which started in Dresden – first appeared, many hardcore German nationalists joined; they clearly didn’t belong to the East German ‘mums and dads’ segment of society that PEGIDA aimed at appealing to. But they joined with the intention of steering PEGIDA in a more radical direction. They understood that, for years, the post-war German nationalist has been failing, and failing miserably, and that German nationalism simply hadn’t caught on, at least not to the extent that PEGIDA did. They held high hopes for PEGIDA (but regrettably, PEGIDA fell apart fairly quickly, like so many mass movements).

I think that we ‘hardcores’ find ourselves in the same place as those German nationalists who signed up with PEGIDA. Mass movements – especially those on the Far Right – could be compared to fast running trains which only run through our neck of the woods every now and then; it behoves us to jump on board when one does appear. We don’t control the destination, and we’re certainly not the ones driving the train; but, over a course of time, through our faithful service, we shall succeed in gaining some influence with the driver and steering the movement in the right direction. That’s our task.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Communists, you’ll always lose in Melbourne: Reclaim Australia and where to now for the Left?

  1. The g Factor says:

    You’ve waffled on a bit here but you seem to have one point that’s spot on – the extreme left hates the poor as much, if not more so, that the capitalist right they claim to be against. Note how the leftist never say anything about the atrocities committed by Islamist supremacists against the poor in the Middle East of Africa let alone the millions who died under Stalin and Mao.

  2. Sam Gold says:

    People are not as condemning of communism as they are of nazis and national socialism and yet it was the communists who murdered well over 20 million people, in Russia, during peace time whereas nazis were supposed to have murdered 6 million jews who had actually declared an economic war against Germany in 1933.

    This is the effect of all the anti-nazi propaganda over the past 50 odd years. If the media actually told the truth, instead of omitting the truth, NOBODY in this country would be tolerating communism.

  3. Bombala says:

    “But, to repeat, we find ourselves a long way away – perhaps years, perhaps decades – from when the line is drawn in the sand and the split becomes readily apparent.”

    We dont have that long. The NWO agenda waits for no man.

  4. The g Factor says:

    Re: Sam Gold’s comment – Estimates of those killed under Joe Stalin have been as high as 100 million and under Chairman Mao as many as 40 million could have died. Admittedly a lot of these people starved to death but death by starvation can be used as a form of genocide. Up to 7 million died in the Ukraine in 1933, mostly by deliberately starving most of the population.

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