Greens party candidate in Melbourne Adam Bandt told a Marxist discussion forum that he was disappointed in other comrades when they disagreed with his strident defence of leftist militants whoâ€™d published a shoplifting guide:
Well fantastic. After posting the message about stduents facing jail because they said it is alright to refuse the commodity-relation when you have no money and want to eat, the first message I get abuses them and fears ‘anarchy’ if we ever let anyone steal.
BANDT THE BANDIT: IF YOUâ€™RE IN NEED, STEALING FROM CAPITALISTS IS LEGITIMATE
Bandt â€“ now a barrister sworn to uphold the lawâ€“ made it clear enough despite thick Marxist jargon about the â€œcommodity relationâ€ (the Marxistâ€™s disapproving term for working for someone in exchange for money)Â that he believed it was legitimate to steal if you had no money:
Let’s get one thing straight. One of the most evil things about capitalism, as someone once said to me, is that you have to pay to eat. The editors of this student newspaper were making the strong point that the commodity-relation is _not_ natural and that it _does_ conceal exploitative power relations. They were not suggesting that the ideal world is a free for all as the person writing the message below suggests: they were defenidng the right of the substantial portion of the population who is fucked over by capitalism to resist in some minor way and to see beyond this ‘spectacular world’.
As a Marxist, Bandt advocated theft from capitalists (â€œthe enemyâ€) but not from fellow left-wing â€œcomradesâ€:
Further, they made it clear who the enemy was. Thus their first rule in their ‘how-to’ guide was ‘Never steal from someone who may conceivably be a comrade’.
$800,000 PROPERTY BARON BANDT
Despite this endorsement of the theft of private property, Adam Bandt, a barrister after previously working at Slater & Gordon, is living very prosperously indeed in a rather expensive private property of his own.
Some regard it as telling that very few of Bandtâ€™s former colleagues at Slaters support his election, even some who favour the Greens party.
VEXNEWS has learned that Bandt paid around $800,000 for a Princes Street, Flemington property in inner-city Melbourne on the 21st of July this year.
We have obtained photographs of the property, which is certainly a comfortable home indeed. Locals have told VEXNEWS that Bandt the Bandit has indicated that he plans an â€œextensiveâ€ renovation that could bring the property well into the million-dollar range.
The VEXNEWS Investigations Unit asked Bandt whether he was still a Marxist and how we reconciled those views on property with his current status as a near property-millionaire. He failed to respond to queries on his wealth.
FAKER FROM FLEM
Others believe that Bandtâ€™s hypocrisy extends well beyond the scope of owning a flash house in Flemington.
Legal insiders have told VEXNEWS that Bandt had been involved in representing big, burly, patriotic timber workers in litigation against the Wilderness Society over a physical conflict involving picketing protesters and the the workers.
The Wilderness Society is believe to regard Bandt particularly adversely over his involvement in the case.
He is also understood to have represented a number of clients engaged in serious pollution, but our source asked us not to name them, at this stage.
Bandt has also declined to comment on reports â€“ substantiated partly by recently released leaked emails from within the Greens hierarchy â€“ about his dissatisfaction with the priority he was being afforded compared with the Greens party Senate campaign.