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Some Basic Thoughts on the Asian Development Model for a Conference
This paper suggests that even a free market is only free in a particular country because that state allows it to be so. Of course it goes without saying that the pressures of the market, together with the institutions of neoliberalism like the austerity wavering IMF and the World Bank, plus the interests of dominant powers, can persuasively influence or even straightjacket a state in its choices. This means that the overarching goal of capitalist development is imposed, perhaps freely, on welcoming nation states eager to join the club of developed or mid ranking nations who have pulled their peoples out of absolute poverty, while the specific methods and means to achieve that are or can be debated. To download the short paper go to the SSRN link here. (0)

My article 'The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change' has been published
My article ‘The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change’ has been published in (2014) 27 (1) Accounting Research Journal 19. If you have University Library access you can have a read if your library has subscribed. It is not a bad read if I do say so myself, borrowing from the ideas of Tom Bramble and Rick Kuhn about a capitalist workers party and the changes over time of the party. The two referees loved it…. (0)

Lex Wotton

Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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



Archive for January, 2009

Price control petrol

My local petrol stations (and presumably in the name of ‘competition’ this occurred across most of Canberra) increased their unleaded price on Thursday from 91 cents to 124 cents per litre. Even leaving in GST and excise, this is an increase of about 36 per cent. There appears to be no reason for this increase […]


I’m not paranoid but …

Hello to my visitor from Arlington Virginia. I hope you learned something useful.

The real Marxist tradition and the Russian revolution – a day of discussion and debate

The real Marxist tradition and the Russian revolution– a day of discussion and debate 10am – 5pm, Saturday 7 February The powerful historical lessons of the revolution – from its making by the Russian working class, through to the defeat of the revolution and the rise of Stalinism that smeared the name of socialism for […]

France’s Black Thursday strike shows the way forward

I have one word to say to the namby pambies from the Australian Council of Trade Unions: France. On Thursday millions of French workers went on strike against President Sarkozy’s pro-capitalist and anti-worker economic crisis policies. The strikes affected transport, education and health services. The Confédération Générale des Travailleurs, one of the main trade union […]

Out of the mouths of Israeli soldiers

“Stars of David and graffiti in Hebrew and English proclaiming ‘Arabs need 2 die’, ‘no Arabs in the state of Israel’, and ‘One down and 999,999 to go’ had been scrawled on the walls. A drawing of a gravestone bore the inscription ‘Arabs 1948 to 2009′.” These are the Zionist truths Israeli soldiers scrawled on […]

Neoliberal Keynesianism?

The economic crisis has destroyed the neoliberal experiment.  Yet the bourgeoisie cannot come up with an adequate new theory to justify the continued exploitation of workers and to serve as some sort of ideological pretence for increasing that exploitation as a response to stagnant,  low profit rates. In fact the reality may be that neoliberalism […]

Israel – discussions with a defender

I have been having an email discussion for the last week or so with a defender of Israel.  In his most recent email he tells me the one state solution is pie in the sky stuff and that ethnic cleansing can’t be an apt description for Israeli actions because the number of Palestinians has grown […]

Afghanistan: Neither the US nor Jehadies and the Taliban

So Barack Obama is going to double the number of US troops in Afghanistan.  He will make the 1 million innocents killed in Iraq look like a footnote to history as he unchains and unleashes the world’s most ferocious killing machine on Afghans and Pakistanis. So much for change you can believe in.  Obama is, […]

Keynes won’t save us

Tess Lee Ack  from Socialist Alternative ( argues that it is falling profit rates, not under-spending, that is the problem for capitalism. So Keynesian spending won’t work.  Instead workers need to throw the whole rotten capitalist system overboard. We need a new democratic society where production occurs to satisfy human need, not one based on […]

Self-appointed expert

I love this comment from Peter Reuhl, a columnist with the Australian Financial Review. “I can speak with a certain amount of authority here, partially because as a columnist I’m a self-appointed expert (meaning I’m usually wrong)…” (‘Hey, what’s a few differences between friends …’ AFR January 23-26 2009, page 84). I can relate to […]