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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, 2012

What kind of party do we need?

Lenin concluded that you have to begin by grouping together militants and activists -because we’re not talking here about commentators and writers, but people who are involved in the actual struggle against capitalism – into a party that can lead politically other sections of the working-class movement through the ebbs and flow of the working-class struggle.

He used the term vanguard for this, to mean people who are in advance in consciousness – that is, who are enemies of capitalism, rather than half opposed and half accepting. This isn’t an insult – it’s the reality for most people, that they hate the system, but don’t know what else you can put in its place.

The point was how to put together a political organization that in reality represented the best fighters of the working-class movement.

Want a surplus and decent public services? Tax the rich

Tax the rich and business to pay for better public services for all Australians and to fully fund a totally renewable energy society by 2025.

En Passant Top Ten

These are the top ten most visted pages on my blog for the year.

A Brough summary for a simple Abbott

Yes, it is obviously very important work talking to Boris, William and Mervyn in London instead of reading the damning indictment of one of your mates. Is this how your government will operate Mr Abbott? Mates can do no wrong? Ignore the findings of judges when they impugn your mates? Is that it?

Tunisia: two years on

The struggle for real justice and democracy continues. Many Tunisians are angry that the new government has done little to fulfil promises made in the run-up to the elections. Unemployment is over 17 percent. And the security forces have responded viciously to sit-ins outside parliament and other protests. Strikes and protests across the country—particularly outside the capital—are shaking the government. Graffiti stating, “The people want another revolution” has appeared in the farming town of Siliana.

What capital has joined together, let not Marx rent asunder: Mark 1

This is a link to a rough first draft paper on the taxation of resource rents in Australia.  This gets you to the abstract and then in the middle of the page is a link to download the paper.  That gets you to the rambling 13000 words. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2190750 Abstract: In this paper I introduce readers to […]

Happy birthday Bradley Manning

On 17 December Bradley Manning turned 25 years old. It is Manning’s third birthday in prison without trial. Send him a letter of support.

How does this happen?

Easy access to guns – one-third of Americans own a gun, and the U.S. as a whole has half the world’s guns in civilian hands – may provide the means for committing certain types of crimes, but the roots of Adam Lanza’s actions go deeper. They lie in a profoundly alienated society in which violence in general is sanctioned by the most exalted American institutions–as long as it is carried out for “legitimate” purposes, like U.S. wars abroad or police at home defending law and order.

Suicide and the hypocrisy of the media’s royal love-in

We should oppose the poverty, alienation and misery that isolates people in despair. And we should have no truck with the hypocritical handwringing of those at the top who cause that misery.

Marriage equality to be tested in the US Supreme Court

A handful of unelected right-wing ideologues, appointed by presidents who are now viewed as illegitimate failures, will have more to say about the civil rights of millions of people than the obvious shift in public opinion on the issue of marriage equality.

Still, the die isn’t cast. Other decisive cases in history have shown that the justices are swayed by popular opinion–contrary to the myth that they are impartial arbiters standing above society. This isn’t because of the justices’ own beliefs, but because they have to be concerned about whether the U.S. justice system is viewed as legitimate and representative of the sentiments of the majority of people in the U.S.

Thus, in 1989, when legal abortion hung in the balance in the case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, with a Supreme Court stacked with conservative judges, hundreds of thousands of protesters descended on Washington, D.C.–and helped tip the balance for the Court to step back from overturning Roe v. Wade.