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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, 2011

Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt: We want to dismantle the state of oppression – نريد اسقاط الدولة المستبدة

We reaffirm our strong stand against SCAF and reassurance of the dismantling of the Egyptian State of repression, inequality, and injustice in order to build a State based on freedom, social justice, and dignity for human rights.

Statement on the death of Kim Jong-il from our sister organisation, All Together

There is no reason either to mourn Kim Jong-il or to wish for North Korea’s situation to stabilize. Genuinely left-wing people ought to wish for the North Korean working class to fight for democracy and fundamental change in the turbulent times that lie ahead of them, and to lend them wholehearted support when that actually happens.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

Given the Zionist occupation of Palestine, it is unlikely Jesus today would be able to reach Bethlehem. In Australia, if the politicians had their way, Jesus would be sent back to where he came from, assuming he didn’t drown in a boat on the way to seeking refuge here.

Nauru and Malaysia – Labor’s new depths of depravity

There are 4000 refugees in Indonesia. Instead of letting them rot there for many years or risk a dangerous sea journey, we could bring them here safely for processing while they are in the community.

A QANTAS jet holds say 500 people. The Gillard labor Government could charter 8 of them to bring the refugees in Indonesia to Australia. That would save them from the risk of drowning at sea in seeking asylum here.

Merry Christmas

To all my readers, have a good and safe Christmas and a great New Year.  Here’s hoping that 2012 will usher in more revolutions and see the current ones deepen. I hope I have helped contribute to your thinking about the world and taking action to change it or at least sowed the seeds for that when the […]

How they treat female protestors: from Cairo to Melbourne

The women of Egypt are showing all of us we need bigger and bigger demonstrations against the inhumanity of our rulers and their armed thugs. We need a revolution to win the liberation of women and all humanity.

Looking back on a year of rebellion

Some years stand out because they change the course of history, and they change us. They change the way we think about our society, about politics, about the possibilities for social change. 2011 has been one such year writes Rebecca Barrigos in Socialist Alternative.

Shorten’s shortfall: the Fair Work Act ‘Review’

Industrial action, especially strike action, has the potential to win real gains for workers, to defend jobs and to help rebuild unions. The way to reform industrial relations in Australia is to make the draconian anti-strike and other rotten provisions of Labor’s Fair Work Act a dead letter by concerted strike action challenging the rule of the bosses.

Marxism 2012: Revolution in the air – a must attend conference for all leftists

Marxism 2012: Revolution in the Air over the Easter Weekend (April 5-8) features over 70 sessions including film maker John Pilger, Occupy Wall St activist Leia Pettey & anti-nuclear Japanese journalist Chie Matsumoto PLUS socialists and activists from Palestine, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Philippines, Greece, Zimbabwe and Egypt. Buy your tickets now @ www.marxismconference.org

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Hitchens died firmly in the embrace of the establishment, a literary celebrity lavished with praise by mainstream non-entities. This is a sorry end for someone who, at his best, could articulate much nobler aspirations.