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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



In defence of gay marriage

A Pride Parade in Minneapolis  in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Jeff Wheeler / Star Tribune

Queer socialist activist, writer, and soon to be public school teacher in Boston, MA, Keegan O’Brien, responds in Jacobin to those on the left who dismiss the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling on June 26 making gay marriage the law of the land in all fifty states as at best insignificant, and at worst a step backwards. In explaining why they’re wrong he says in part:

‘When calls for radical change take the place of figuring out how to dynamically relate to people other than committed leftists, activists have created an echo chamber that only inhibits movement building. Demands to abolish marriage or smash the state may generate support from other radicals, but they remain empty slogans without the popular forces required to bring about social transformation…

‘Long-term, patient organizing may not be the revolution. But it’s the only way to get us there.’

To read the whole excellent article click on In defense of gay marriage.




Comment from David Thors
Time July 30, 2015 at 8:08 am

Well, ho hum and kudos to the assimilationist pro-bourgeois crowd. Pseudo-leftists take their cues from the ruling class on marriage and patriotism (militarism), tailending it and acting like cheerleaders for its co-optation of what used to be a sexual freedom movement. Just as they have done with third world and women’s movements. Gay liberation died at least two decades ago, but gay marriage drove the final nail in the coffin. Gone is any critical analysis of the reactionary nature of marriage as a dying institution. And, as in this article, the fact that the misnamed “marriage equality” crusade has further marginalized and added to discrimination against singles (half the population, who are expected to subsidize state-approved coupling and cohabitation without gaining anything from it except more taken out of their pockets by the wedding-cake crowd–a middle- and upper-class crowd, while working-class citizens are abandoning marriage, both gay and straight) is of no concern to either the rulers or the irrelevant left. This is a pathetic article, and so is the gaga intro given it on this site. For shame! Gay marriage merely increases INequality for citizens. That was made clear in Justice Kennedy’s Roman Catholic-inspired ruling in which he elevated marriage to sacrosanct status, in keeping with the Roman church’s ideology, and in which he consigned singles to a lifetime of loneliness. What chutzpah! Marriage is a bourgeois institution that is based on false premises of monogamy, and which lawyers back because they are the ones who will benefit from all the divorces to come.

Comment from John
Time July 30, 2015 at 8:20 am

I think the article answers every one of your many incorrect assertions very well.

Comment from Farida Iqbal
Time July 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

Forget the abstract counter arguments. They have no resonance beyond academia. The proof is in the pudding. The movement for marriage equality has made it safer for us to walk around in public. Our young people have a sense of hope for the future now. Ten years ago we didn’t. The marriage equality movement has shifted public opinion and this has improved our quality of life. We are asserting queer dignity on a scale unprecedented in history. And when revolution comes, you can bet queer people will be at the forefront of it because we were emboldened by this victory.

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