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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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Election: Are we there yet? Saturday’s socialist speak out

Evidently there is an election on in Australia at the moment. I only know this because robot men and women are criss-crossing the country speaking in platitudes and offering to do nothing about war, racism, climate change, gay marriage, jobs, pay increases, taxing the rich … Hit the comments button and have your say on the election or anything else.

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Comment from John Passant
Time July 31, 2010 at 7:12 am

The latest poll shows the conservative Coalition in front of the conservative labor party and likely to form Government. When you’re going to vote Conservative you may as well vote for the original than the copy.

Comment from John Passant
Time July 31, 2010 at 7:48 am

With the main battle being between two versions of Conservatism, the shift to the Liberals in the polls seems to indicate that people will vote for the original rather than the copy.The problem is not who leads Labor; the problem is the reactionary nature of the party.

Comment from John Passant
Time July 31, 2010 at 9:59 am

Wikileaks exposes the reality of Western forces killing 20,000 innocent Afghans and the warmongers worry about the hypothetical death of some collaborators with their killing machine. The truth will out. Eventually I suspect we might even find out the real role Australia’s special operations troops play in the country. Operation Phoenix from the ashes perhaps?

Comment from Marco
Time July 31, 2010 at 12:55 pm

John,

I don’t know what the role Australian SAS play in Afghanistan. Call me silly, but I hope they are acting with a minimum of decency.

Whatever that role may be, though, Australian participation in the invasion follows a logic similar to that of other countries.

In the case of Germany, Gerhard Schroeder (then Federal Chancellor) needed public support and Bundestag approval to send German troops to Afghanistan in 2001.

Since 1945, for obvious reasons, the proposition of deploying German troops for any purpose other than German self-defence, has always been a troublesome one (the first dent in this CONSTITUTIONAL principle was during the Balkan conflicts, but I digress).

Against popular opposition, Schroeder’s sales pitch was that German troops would not take part in offensive action and that Germany had a moral duty to help rebuilding and pacifying the country.

Last May, nine years down the road, the Federal president, Horst Koehler, had to resign after candidly revealing the true reason for a German military presence in Afghanistan: a country like Germany, reliant on foreign trade, had to uphold its interests by military means, if needed.

Implicit in his statement was the obvious fact that, if in order to uphold the interests of the German bourgeoisie, Afghan civilians had to be murdered, then tough luck.

Constitution? Rebuilding? Pacifying? Bullshit!

PS: For other readers, always quick to jump to unfounded conclusions, this is not to condone the Afghan resistance.

Comment from Eli Cash
Time July 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Is anyone planning to even vote?

Comment from John Passant
Time July 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Where are the real differences between the two conservative parties on Afghanistan, refugees, climate change, the ABCC, the gender pay gap, the Northern Territory invasion, overseeing the transfer of wealth from workers to capital, the lengthening of the working day, the slow privatisation of public services etc etc… I see little difference at all. The structural changes within society and the increasing role of the managerial class have reflected themselves in the ALP and its takeover by that sub-class both personnel wise and intellectually mean it has become little more than the second eleven of capital. The long term left wing shift to the Greens is not an aberration but a consequence of the ALP’s abandonment of the pretence of leftism.