Greens MP Adam Bandt is funnelling taxpayer monies to a far-left-wing publication Arena Magazine that vows it doesn’t take government loot by sending Commonwealth-funded printing works to its printing company.
By doing so, Dr Bandt – whose PhD is in Marxist jurisprudence – is secretly providing taxpayer subsidy to a publication that self-describes as:
…Arena quarterly commenced as a New Left magazine with a commitment to extending Marxist approaches by developing an account of intellectual practices, its subsequent debates and theoretical work, and engagements with media theory, post-structuralism and postmodernism, have led it to develop a range of approaches…Many of the themes the Arena group has explored over the decades relate to those raised by writers like Slavoj Žižek, Zygmunt Bauman and Richard Sennett, and, to some degree, writers associated with the Frankfurt School (a school of neo-Marxist interdisciplinary social theory)
Naturally these offerings from Frankfurt do not enjoy the popularity of that city’s famed schnitzel and torte delights. One of Arena’s operatives told The Australian (off-line) in 2003 that:
The magazine sells about 2000 copies to “thoughtful people”, says Hinkson
‘Sells’ is a loosely applied term in the Frankfurt school, it seems, as many recipients are sent the publication and receive it with as much pleasure as a Greens carbon-tax inflated power-bill as recalled by the wonderful late Age writer Pamela Bone in a takedown of Arena’s Guy (pronounced ‘Gee’) Rundle:
that the copies of Arena regularly sent to me have been unsolicited…
We can also reveal that the company Arena Printing and Publishing Pty Ltd has scandalously failed to file an annual return since 2002, in breach of its obligations under the Corporations Law.
While a separate legal entity from the notorious Arena magazine which is governed by a collective or co-operative, the uncompliant printing company exists to financially support the publication according to its friends at The Age newspaper:
One of the keys to Arena’s survival was the decision about 30 years ago to develop a commercial printery, which has ensured the organisation’s financial independence.
The two entities share its “pre-gentrification” Fitzroy premises, personnel, web hosts and co-mingles other resources.
So the flow of money from taxpayer to front printing company to neo-Marxian magazine is clear enough. But when they are taking printing work from politicians – using taxpayer funds – how “independent” can they really be?
And they have not been honest about it, with the supporters of the Marxist magazine told something else on the organisation’s website:
Arena has never accepted government support of any kind and has been fortunate to have been valued sufficiently by its friends for them to help its development financially in a variety of ways.
In future editions, we can hope the self-important people behind Arena – from the Frankfurt school of Neo-Marxist social theory – will appropriate one of the capitalist press’s concepts of transparency and disclosure by marking future utterances on these topics as “ADVERTISEMENT.”