Contemporary Progressive Politics

The middle-class progressives are killing the party to which I once belonged.
LABOR is being frog-marched towards political irrelevance by a coming together of the self-styled progressives from the party's hard Left and a breed of right-wing official and parliamentarian who has forsaken the religious beliefs and traditional family values of earlier right-wingers for a new creed: "Whatever it takes".
This new breed turned to polling and focus groups as a substitute for ideology and scant branch membership in its battles with the hard Left's eclectic mix of isms.
But now this once all-powerful NSW branch machine gives its blessing to the co-opting of Labor's policy-making by progressives, leaving no room for the values of the socially conservative working class.
And let's be clear at the outset, social conservatism is a humane political and moral belief, despite progressives saying it is mean-spirited and insinuating it is racist, sexist, homophobic, environmentally irresponsible (denialist) and so on. Their smearing of policies that appeal to working-class social conservatism as populist is at best intellectually bankrupt.
The working class is awake to this betrayal of its values and will be looking about for a new political home.
Several things post-election have led me to this realisation: Labor's alliance with the Greens; public pronouncements by party officials; the media and books on the ALP; terms of reference of the review launched in the wake of the election debacle; along with reflections on the paucity of working-class candidates preselected to stand for seats in low-socioeconomic electorates.
Where has all the working class gone? Long time passing.
Labor candidacy is now the preserve of the tertiary educated so-called "quality candidates".
Back when it all began: The ALP's embrace of the progressives began during the reign of Gough Whitlam. Two "activists" who joined the party back then were senator John Faulkner and former NSW minister Rodney...