by Dr. Jim Saleam.
On March 21, a member of Australia First Party, Mr. Nathan Sykes, was arrested by New South Wales police and charged with using a telecommunications device to threaten a certain Mr. Luke McMahon.
The very day before, (ex-) Fairfax journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker had written that this “journalist” and “lawyer” needed protection against harassment.
Yet, there was an appalling omission in the biography of Mr. McMahon in the official narrative.
As said in Part One of this series, neither the police in a brief of evidence filed against Mr. Sykes last week, nor the (ex-) Fairfax writers, explained Mr. McMahon’s leading role in Melbourne anarchism.
Of course, there have been many references to Mr. McMahon’s anarchist connections over the years in various places and from nationalist media. However, it was the intensity of his involvement which escaped detection until now.
A document obtained from Consumer Affairs Victoria describes him as both the “public officer” and the “secretary” of the Melbourne Anarchist Club Inc. until its deregistration in September 2014. His relationship with the thereafter unincorporated ‘club’ may well have continued. I invite further information from readers on this detail and. I must specifically ask: was Mr. McMahon involved in any way whatsoever with anarchist organizing during its violent Antifa period beginning in 2014?
The story of Luke McMahon’s anarchist commitment goes back well beyond fifteen years, meaning he has connections of sorts with Professor Rob Sparrow who was one of the ‘Slackbastard’ identities, Dave Fregon, an anarchist web master – and others.
Right now as we write, the Victorian anarchist fraternity (sic) is in meltdown over the ownership of the building that houses the Melbourne Anarchist Club in Northcote. Talk of legal actions and “lawyers” recently graced the pages of the Melbourne Age. In connection with research into this explosion within the ranks of anarchism, various truths relevant to the Sykes prosecution (and beyond) are starting to leak.
One lost section of the McMahon-anarchist-dialogue appeared on Indymedia in 2004. The very bad spelling and grammar still leave the untested allegations sensible enough. Are the allegations in some way true? Could these things be relevant to the Sykes prosecution?
One anarchist says that Mr. McMahon was the son of a “judge”, meaning (I opine from the material) the son of a magistrate:
“This short rant was hidden from the Melbourne Independent Media center by the very same people who work the local magistrates court in Melbourne. These people range from judges to class servants. It is an Important issue because Anarchists etc. often face Imprisonment (for example a person was fined $800 for graffiting starbucks in 2001. He received an $800 dollar fine for this ‘offence’. The judge was the father of well known ‘Anarchist’ Luke Mcmahon.) -hhhhhh-“
An anarchist went on to speculate about an ‘infiltration’ of anarchism in Melbourne:
“And you ask by now im sure what is Anarchisms connection to these ruling class sources of authority. Well the answer is beside you right now. Besides the basic informants that we face each day we also face a new infiltration that seems to have been accepted by the wider community. And that fact is, Leigh Kendall is a Judge and Luke Mcmahon is the son of a judge. Now why these people would have an intrest in working class organising i personally do not know, consider leigh works for the institution that is immortally anti-working class, and luke is the same. The real issue that stands in front of us now is how do we confront them, or should we just let them ride us until they behead us as history has proven will happen. that answer lies with you and only you can decide whether or not you should collaborate with these lackeys of the ruling class.”
An anarchist reasons that the alleged infiltrators are proficient at turning the label of infiltrator and informer back upon their accuser:
“The parasites have taken the anarchist tone and claim that when people try to eduv=cate others on the issues of their infiltration we are labelled informants and sintches. and if this is the case, that we are considered snitches for seeking out our enemy within the movement, then this is not anarchism, in fact it makes any attempts at revolution against the authority of the corporations, quite simply corruption within the bourgios justice system.”
The ‘function’ of Mr. McMahon within the anarchist movement must now be assessed. I shall not betray too much of the logic here, but it seems at a glance that Mr. McMahon’s ‘transition’ to “lawyer” and “journalist” from anarchist activist is a development fraught with questions. Although he obviously held a senior role within the movement, he was open to challenge on peculiar grounds. Do these ‘grounds’ have any relevance to street level politics as anarchism evolved into Antifa? Why would police and media be keen this is not dragged out?
If the Sykes prosecution does any good to anyone at all, it may be that light will be cast on a small part of Australia’s political underbelly.
Extract thread from leftist website (Indymedia):
Anarchisms connection to the Ruling Class in Australia.
by Evno Azef 18 Oct 2004
This short rant was hidden from the Melbourne Independent Media center by the very same people who work the local magistrates court in Melbourne. These people range from judges to class servants. It is an Important issue because Anarchists etc. often face Imprisonment (for example a person was fined $800 for graffiting starbucks in 2001. He received an $800 dollar fine for this ‘offence’. The judge was the father of well known ‘Anarchist’ Luke Mcmahon.) -hhhhhh-
The foundations of government I.e The Pillars of society, its fundations and basically what props up the economic regime of corporate dominance around the world. A system which has been globalised and is finishing off its final preparations, for what we are yet to find out.
First we have to take a look at what we are talking about when we discribe the Insitutions, or Foundations of the power structure we face, not only here in Australia but around the world. The systems all vary from counrty to country but the basic principles are the same, governments are in place to prop up and buffer the rich from the poor. Its a fact no matter which way you look at it and its been proven historically. And the Foundations of the country are usually the most important, they are figure heads and thats all. They have no serious role at all, and this dates back to before the middle agaes. You had empires fighting one another, they would collapse and rise again, and this goes on today, the figure heads may have changed their masks and uniforms but they are still the same class servants they were back before the middle ages. You only have to pick up a grade 7 history book to see that empires come and go and come again.
So the Foundations of the power sturcture here in Australia are obvious, we have John Howard as prime minister, then we have Phillip Ruddock as Governer General. And the list goes on, they are figure heads nothing more, they serve no purpose other than to leach off of us and take orders from corporations such as Western Mining Corporation and Monsanto. And big wigs like kerry packer, Rupert Murdoch. And then we cannot forget the BIG corporations that are the world institutions such as the WTO etc. which i’ll go on about later. And these cororations rule the country quite comfortably and nothing stands in thier way.
And this has been the history of white Australia, dating back to when the Crown of Queen Elizibeth arived on shores and, without any question on what had happened, completely enslaved and slaghtered the Indigenous Australians. This was done for the Crown of England, no question about it. This tyranny continued until 1901, when the establishment began to discover that corporate was their future. In 1901, the richest white men came together and established the federation of Australia. The Australian equivelant of the US constitution. This excluded Indigenous Australians and women and allowed corporations to roam freely and pillage the nation without the Authority of the crown. This was deliberate, they had every intention of writing indigenous Auatralians and Women out of of the consitution, because basically they get in the way of “progress” etc. and why write them in when you can just use them as slaves.
But people fought back, when the corporations in the 30’s began to ‘tighten their belts” their was massive strikes, workers and students organising against capitalism. Their was a wave of socialism and anarchism that was just crushed with brutal force. People gained little freedom from the 30’s but established enough momentum that unions and working class sturggles would not go away.
The orgins of these struggles are obvious, CEO and bankers clamping down on people, the foundations of the system working as the baton of the rich. this is a fact without question, you could argue but it is still proven fact.
Then after world war II the world was in shock and for the corporations the economic ‘BOOM’ was over. the world stood still as the fifties edged in its cororate quiesence. And the civil rights movement was continually beaten as the korean war lead to strikes and organsing. It was a war that wasn’t televised. This organising led to the revolutions of the sixties which was outragous in the eyes of the corporations because people discovered that the source of all the bloodshed and war was because of the cororations. There were massive attacks on corporations around the world. And the foundations of the state didn’t know what to do besides beat everyone.
A significant time for america and in particular the american corporations was in 1947 when the National Security Agency signed the “national security act of 1947” because this allowed the corporations to create the Military industrial complex, which gave the corporations a war economy where basically the figure heads of each government would appeal to the establishment under the disguise of war contracts that would allow corporations to profit from making bombs for their government. The establishment set up many death squad training camps throught the middle east, latin america and even inside american borders. These schools were for nothing more than training death squads to defend the immortalised person of the corporation. And this still continues right not as yourread. http://www.corpwatch.org
Now I’ll quickly go into the totalatarian esque corporate spectacle that is slowly but surely taking over. It too has a long history. The new institutions of this corporate world regime are the WTO, The IMF/WB G8 and so on, and these new institutions act as the trade buffers between the rich and the poor, but this time its for the benefit of the global few, not the plantation owner, nor a single Corporation but the New rulers of the planet. But the question that should be asked is, what image do they have planned for us. People often argue that they are taking over and have been for a long time. So what image do they have in stall or us over the next 15 years.
So the basic message of the corporations is too Indoctrinate us and keep us bound to reality while they finish off the corporate spectacle of global dominance in an image of corporate fads and Authority.
Rebell against these institutions, there are pletny of ways to do it, for example a small riot and the trashing of a local mcdonalds is a good idea.
Now these totalatarian instiutions, I.e the government, its police force, its military and its corporate backers, the “parents” you could say, are in total control over so many people, through basic militarist psych warfare that has been pioneered into a cororate weapon that is used over people, through radio, TV etc. And you ask by now im sure what is Anarchisms connection to these ruling class sources of authority. Well the answer is beside you right now. Besides the basic informants that we face each day we also face a new infiltration that seems to have been accepted by the wider community. And that fact is, Leigh Kendall is a Judge and Luke Mcmahon is the son of a judge. Now why these people would have an intrest in working class organising i personally do not know, consider leigh works for the institution that is immortally anti-working class, and luke is the same. The real issue that stands in front of us now is how do we confront them, or should we just let them ride us until they behead us as history has proven will happen. that answer lies with you and only you can decide whether or not you should collaborate with these lackeys of the ruling class.
This is a CONITELPRO issue, here c.mon!
Gil 18.Oct.2004 13:59
With credentials even reaching as far as the spanish revolutionary workers union the CNT, luke mcmahons infiltration of anarchism is not only dis-respectful it reflects the early middle class infiltration of the peasent armies in russia. The White armies, as theybave been dubbed. The significance of the educated bourgios in this example is that they have brought with them the real world, or at least their real world, where they cannot be punished by ‘the Law’ simply because they are the law, or as judges and spawns of judges, they are above the law. The reasons are simple, the power structure operates this way for a purpose and that purpose is capitalism, the quest for money. It leaves little debate for the solution of this infiltration, which basically would only leave these parasites with they came for and that can only be anarchisms destruction.
The parasites have taken the anarchist tone and claim that when people try to eduv=cate others on the issues of their infiltration we are labelled informants and sintches. and if this is the case, that we are considered snitches for seeking out our enemy within the movement, then this is not anarchism, in fact it makes any attempts at revolution against the authority of the corporations, quite simply corruption within the bourgios justice system…
but anyway the struggle continues…
Luke McMahon and the Brunswick Liberation Front
Nihilist 18.Oct.2004 14:24
Well actually i never thought that it would be this big an issue but this is our rant about luke McMahon.
Discovering only recently that our affinnities to some of our ‘Anarchist’ Friends have been a bit of a sham, the brunswick liberation front has disbanded and taken a more nihilistic approach to Anarchism in Melbourne. The basic everyday-ness of the courts and judicial system is cliche. It is charachteristically sexist, racist, homophobic, imperialist and all under the direct authority of the british crown. The main fear of the BLF is that when and if people get caught, they may face ‘Anarchist Judges’ or maybe even Mr Leigh Kendall himself. As did some poor person (afriend of mine) when it attacked starbucks. I simply just do not comprehend. It is beyond the basic ‘telling the police’ because everything that you interact with that is human, is authoritarian. simply because there is no such thing as a cool judge and your enviroment (the idea that you work there but have an earing.) is Authoritarian and imperialist in nature. And your family (yeah thats right) is just parasitical.
They are trying to restrain people from the anarchist movement ‘BY LAW’ yes, thats right by law, in order to maintain the educated ruling class that have infiltrated stay nested comfortably in their web of lies.
The other issue the BLF have had with Luke McMahon was when the BLF took direct action on a butcher shop owned by some of brunswicks local ruling class bigwigs. Luke McMahon told the Builders labourers federation that the BLF (brunswick liberation front) was impersonating and discrediting them with their actions, even trying to claim that we were ‘racist’ and ‘ingenuine’ to the ’cause’ whetver he thinks that may be. This was an issue that was not highly worried about by the brunswick liberation front simply because of its origins. why worry about scum when you can just get on with life and direct action. the brunswick liberation front supports all working class struggle, especially in small areas.
That is all.
The person who wrote this is nuts 16.Feb.2005 20:28
The person who wrote this, Mark Morris is a known person in Melbourne with serious mental problems.