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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 October, 2009

Socialism and “animal rights”

To compare the condition of animals to groups of humans that are oppressed is to view the latter through a paternalistic lens, rather than a lens of human liberation argues Paul D’Amato in the US online daily Socialist Worker. OUR SOCIETY engages in practices that are cruel toward animals. The spread of capitalism worldwide has […]

Fascists, free speech and fools

Out they come, the free speech fundamentalists, defending the ‘right’ of fascist leader Nick Griffin to appear on BBC TV. They shall have emblazoned on their banners ‘Free speech for fascists’ as the Nazis imprison them. And possibly, given their tendency to acquiesce to power, these apologists for capital and exponents of parliamentary cretinism will bow before Hitler’s children if they grow […]

Razor wire and beatings: Labor’s ‘humane’ racism

Labor’s Indonesian solution is as brutal and inhumane as Howard’s Pacific solution. Don’t take my word for it. This is from Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian today (Saturday 24 October) in an article by Simon Kearney and Stephen Fitzpatrick called ” ‘Life of brutality’ in crowded lock-up“. A TOTAL of 78 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers on board an […]

Alistair Hulett Traditions of Resistance

Alistair Hulett is playing tonight (Saturday 24 Oct) at Hermann’s Bar (cnr City Road and Butlin Ave near Sydney Uni) in a gig he calls Traditions of Resistance. It is to raise money for Socialist Alternative’s Marxism 2010 in Easter.  For a night of left wing political entertainment, come along.

AN AESOP FABLE

Leon Trotsky What Next? Vital Question for the German Proletariat, 1932 * * * A cattle dealer once drove some bulls to the slaughterhouse. And the butcher came that night with his sharp knife. “Let us close ranks and jack up this executioner on our horns,” suggested one of the bulls. “If you please, in what […]

Tuckey: Rudd’s bastard son

There is no ‘humane’ racism. Kevin Rudd’s comments about ‘illegal immigrants’ and his Indonesian solution have fertilised the soil for Wilson Tuckey’s comments about terrorists being among the refugees wanting to come to Australia. Rudd’s seed has fallen upon the ground and out of his primal slime has crawled Wilson Tuckey. Racism turns everything on its head. Such […]

We need fighting unionism, not a seat at the table

Labor’s industrial laws are anti-union. To fight them we need to ditch the union leaders’ mantra of flexibility, productivity, wage restraint and what’s “good for the industry”.

Population growth is no threat to Australia’s environment

The problem is not consumption – it’s production. The problem is not people – it’s profit.

We’ve just begun to fight

The 200,000 strong march for sexual equality was not just a turning point in the LGBT struggle. It kicked the door open for a civil rights movement for Equality Across America.

Cut and paste this, Australian

I’ll admit it. I buy Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian most days. I like to see what the fruitcake faction of the bourgeoisie is up to. But I also religiously check out its Cut and Paste section to see if I am in there. Alas, no joy so far. For those who don’t know Cut and […]