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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, 2010

Our democracy and Afghanistan

We live in a parliamentary dictatorship where the needs of capital override everything else. That’s not democracy.

Close down all the detention centres, Gillard

To free up space in our current concentration camps for new arrivals Gillard and her Labor gang are going to release seven hundred kids and family into close community care.

Water, capitalism and aboriginal land

Water is a basic requirement for life. Under capitalism it is also a commodity. This means it is, like all things, subordinated to profit. It is not just that we need to water to drink. Water is integral to the production process for food and for heavy industry. In Australia over 65 percent of all water use […]

Marx on religion

‘Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. ‘The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness […]

Pornography, Raunch Culture and Women’s Liberation Today

The rise of so-called ‘raunch culture’ – pornographic music videos, pole dancing classes, etc – has provoked ongoing controversy on the gains of feminism and the status of women in society today.

In this meeting we look at these issues on the basis of a Marxist understanding of women’s oppression under capitalism.

Bill Leak’s reactionary attack on the Greens

Bill Leak’s cartoon in today’s Australian is a disgrace – suggesting the Greens would force rural folk into deportation vans at gun point while crying over frogs and lamenting the fact they aren’t allowed to marry. I wrote the following to the Australian to condemn this attack on the Greens. John As anyone who has […]

Farmers boiling – Saturday’s socialist speak out

What to make of the seeming successful revolt by farmers and others in the Murray Daring Basin against the Authority’s plans to cut water entitlements and increase water flows? Well, the big miners kicked up a  stink and got their way. The farmers (by and large family farms are at the forefront of the protests, […]

Abortion: Anna Bligh is the guilty one

Only a mass movement from below can force the do-nothings from Labor to legalise abortion.

Why does reformism remain so powerful?

This feeling of powerlessness means that workers, for most of the time, don’t think that they could play an active role in transforming, or running, society. And this lack of confidence in their own ability means they look to parties such as Labour to change things for them.

Two Labor Party hacks defend a reactionary party

Nick Dyrenfurth is a leftist caricature. In an article in the Weekend Australian called ‘Still meaning left in old idea of the political spectrum’,  Dyrenfurth and tag team mate Tim Soutphommasane conclude that the labels Left and Right (read Labor and Liberal) still have meaning. ‘There is a difference’ they doth protest.  Well yes and […]