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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Archive for December, 2008

Politicians, truth and trust

This is a story about politicians, truth and trust. It comes from Canberra, where I live, but contains some thoughts I think that may apply across Australia. Politicians deal with ambiguity. Often that ambiguity flows from the class differences they temporarily resolve or smooth over. Sometimes politicians just avoid stating the truth by not mentioning […]

Cricket and the Boxing Day tradition

The Boxing Day Test is bullshit tradition.  It is at best just over twenty years old and was driven by the desire of the equivalent of Cricket Australia and  Channel 9 to make even more money.  The analysis and then experience showed holding a test the day after Christmas in Melbourne would do that rather […]

Religion, Marxism and all that jazz

Religion is not the bogyman many on the Left think it is.  It is a normal human reaction to specific societal conditions. That is one reason why it is a mistake for socialists to dismiss the religious as reactionary, unable to adapt and as always being a counter-revolutionary force. The Russian Revolution for example was […]

Capitalism isn’t dead

News of the death of capitalism is premature.  The patient is sick, but she is not dead. How sick?  Here in Australia unemployment is 4.5 per cent.  It will increase, but by how much?   A lot, I would suggest.  It is a slow train coming, but it is coming. The pattern around the world […]

Tax matters

I have recently had an article published in the Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin on what I call the privatisation of tax policy development in Australia. And the Australian on Monday 22 December was running an interesting story about Project Wickenby (international tax avoidance) and a  settlement reached between him and the Australian Tax Office in […]

From Howard to Rudd – the continuity of change.

12 months after we Australians threw John Howard out and installed Kevin Rudd and his HowRuddistas, what judgements can we make about this Labor Government?  The word that comes to mind  is continuity; continuity of policy, continuity of action, continuity of philosophy. And yet, there is a difference between Rudd and Howard.  Howard openly represents […]

Unwell

My apologies to my reader, but I have been very unwell for the last month. I am recovering now and hope to be able to resume my writing gradually to get back to normal levels in the next week or so.