Rediscovering radical history
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“Democracy” was once a word of the people, a critical word, a revolutionary word. It has been stolen by those who would rule over the people, to add legitimacy to their rule. It is time to take it back … ‘ (C. Douglas Lummis, Radical Democracy, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1996, p. 15)
This essay continues my reflections on the early days of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History Society (ASSLH) published in Hummer (vol. 4, no. 1, Summer 2003/4) as ‘ASIO and the Labour History Society: An Incident in 1964’. That article was about an attempt organised by ASIO to disrupt the Society – one of the consequences of labour history’s political role at that time.