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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, 2013

Yachts of the rich are so last year

I wrote this a few years ago and updated it last year. ‘The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is a race for the billionaires and multi-millionaires, the one percent. These people lead a very different life to us. They live off our hard work. They don’t and won’t mix with the rest of us. They […]

Top ten 2013: Report from Turkey – A Taste of Tahrir at Taksim

Turkey erupted mid-year with struggles against the Islamist Erdogan government. They have broken out again recently over corruption. This is a link to my re-posting of  a Turkish comrade’s report on the mid-year demonstrations. A snippet: This is not yet Tahrir. But demonstrations on the two continents of Istanbul, Asia and Europe at three in […]

What is fascism?

The old forms of counter-revolution became less effective. The police were too easily outnumbered and the army was prone to mutiny.

That is why after the Russian Revolution of 1917 the ruling class turned to a new weapon, an extreme form of counter-revolution – fascism.

Fascism has never taken power in a country simply through elections – fascist parties have always been handed power by ruling classes in crisis.

The rantings of Lord Latham

Given I write about real issues I’d make a better columnist for the Australian Financial Review than Mark Latham, although my socialist analysis would send many of your readers into apoplexy.

Top ten 2013 – I could live on $6321 a week

I wrote this in early January 2013 after Jenny Macklin, the then Labor Party Minister in charge of making single parents even poorer said she could live on Newstart of $245 a week. Her ministerial salary at the time was $6321 a week.

My top ten most read articles in 2013 – equal ten (2)

Remember 4 years ago when Kevin Rudd said, when asked about the possibility of any climate change action coming out of the the Major Economies Forum, or the rich man’s club:

It is highly unlikely that anything will emerge from the MEF in terms of detailed programmatic specificity …

My top ten most read articles for the year – equal number ten

Coming in at equal number ten of my most read articles for 2013 is an article I wrote on 23 December 2012 asking how much tax does big business pay.

On your Marx for the Boxing Day Sales

Marx never went to a Boxing Day Sale. He didn’t have the money. In recent years Boxing Day sales have become more popular as a way for retailers to recoup some money after flat or less than expected pre-Christmas profiteering.

Christmas under capitalism

To realise the dream of Christmas we need not to reform the current unreformable capitalist system but to overthrow it. For a warm caring humanity, for Christmas every day for everyone, we need socialism, a democratic society in which production occurs to satisfy human need.

The contradictions that are Christianity

Christianity originated as a religion of the persecuted and oppressed. But for most of its history, the church sided with the rich and powerful (and has been among their ranks) and turned a blind eye to poverty and oppression, writes Diane Fieldes in Red Flag.