I'm not a communist or a socialist (not even close!) but I think it's worth mentioning that socialism (social ownership of the means of production) does not necessarily mean a dictatorship political system.
The accusations ASE & others have made about Mr Isitt's ideology seem to assume that propounding communism/socialism equates to advocating for dictatorial political systems as well. This isn't necessarily the case, and Mr Isitt will dismiss your concerns swiftly if it appears you cannot see the distinction.
Yes of course, historically every attempt at communism has turned into an awfully evil and repressive dictatorial regime, oftentimes resulting in mass murders and genocides. But someone like Isitt will always hold a hope for a Democratic Socialist system that works.
Again, I don't buy into Isitt's utopian fantasy ideology (I think it would produce a dystopian nightmare), but let's at least understand what he's advocating for before we attack it.
Socialize the means of production / de-commodify housing & food, etc.
Maintain a democratic political system (not a dictatorship).
This is Isitt's ideology.
What "accusations" are those precisely Sam?
They are mostly observations and fairly educated opinions based on and gleaned from a plethora of online sources including the VicNews interview in 2016 which will take you all of 30 seconds to look up, in addition to various YouTube and other videos and selected bytes of Ben decrying colonial this and imperialist that with particular emphasis on capitalist imperialists (apparently communist or Marxist imperialism is ok - at least I've never read nor seen an interview with him decrying that. If you can find such a thing by all means please do post it).
His ridiculous and downright insulting Fairfield "affluenza" comment would be laughable if it weren't so impudent and wrong headed. I lived in Fairfield for five years and while I was admittedly a long way from living on the street I was equally equidistant from being 'affluent' in the commonly accepted sense of the term. I was, and am, a hard working middle-class white collar management type: IOW apparently pretty much the demographic that our friend Ben has decided is undesirable because - in addition - I am that worst of all possible things, a white male of British-European stock. The horror, the horror....
In addition his scholarly works include a treatise on those awful capitalists (once again) and specifically dastardly post WWI Canadian militarists who forced some of our poor downtrodden working class to embark on an ill-fated military campaign to Russia ostensibly to stem the Bolshevik Revolution. Of course all the while he completely and utterly ignores the butchery and savagery being perpetrated by the Bolsheviks largely upon their own population. Capitalists engage in that behavior and they are evil imperialists. Bolshevik-Communist-Marxists do it and well - apparently - sacrifices in the name of the People have to be made, mister.....
I can read language and interpret and infer nuance relatively well. I don't need to have a copy of Das Kapital handy to figure out anyone resorting to that language over and over and over....and over....is coming from a certain political viewpoint. That ain't rocket science.....
And while what you say may ultimately be true, unless you are in fact Ben himself I'm unsure how can you assert with confidence in your final sentence that "this is Isitt's ideology." Are you sitting right there in his kitchen listening in as he sounds out and scribes his own personal philosophy and political ideology?
I for one am getting fed up with class this, and capitalist/imperialist that - Ben just focus on fixing the effing potholes and other infrastructure needs of the core, and weighing development proposals on their actual merits rather than on whether in your opinion they are waging a class war on the working poor (I'm pretty sure they're mainly trying to fulfill market and consumer demands). Do that and I for one can live with your loonier tendencies and statements. That's what earplugs are for.....
Edited by AllseeingEye, 17 December 2018 - 08:46 PM.