A Marxist critique of settler colonial theory11:45am Sat 30 Mar
About this session
For many on the left, it is an article of faith that Australia is still a settler-colonial society and that this is the reason why anti-Indigenous racism remains so pervasive. However, by arguing that all non-Indigenous people in Australia are “settlers”, involved in jointly exploiting Indigenous people, these theorists attribute the continuation of Indigenous oppression to the population as a whole rather than Australian capitalism and those who run it. This talk will explore the pitfalls of this analysis, drawing attention to how it obscures the role that capitalism plays in reinforcing racism and how it has had a disorienting impact on developing strategies and movements to combat racism. Speaker: Jordan Humphreys is a socialist activist and the author of Indigenous Liberation & Socialism (Red Flag Books). He has written widely on Indigenous history and politics.