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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?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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Did American workers fall for a False Messiah? (Image via https://billmuehlenberg.com/)

 

American workers have been sold a pup, says John Passant in Independent Australia. As the Great Recession morphs into the Long Depression, their False Messiah will throw them under the bus.

To read the whole article click here. Trump the False Messiah: Will he become the workers’ anti-Christ?

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Comment from Lycaon
Time November 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Lessons

For the left the current situation in the US has many lessons. After all, just over half of those who voted gave their support to a racist, sexist, global warming denier, a man who used part of the fortune he made as a result of free-market global capital to launch a presidential campaign based on promises of a return to a protectionist economy. Meanwhile, the other half voted for someone whose husband embodies the sexual abuse of women, whose campaigns have been financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as top US companies – on a platform of fighting for gender equality and ‘human rights’ everywhere in the world!

Those of us who do not believe human beings are born racist or sexist, those of us who believe humans are made so by the social conditions they inhabit, know there is only a minority whose class interests are served by exploitation, war and destruction, who are responsible for racism and sexism. In this respect both US presidential candidates fitted the bill.

So, in the post-election period, we cannot continue arguing for ‘safe spaces’ as the best way to fight nationalism and xenophobia. Instead we must patiently explain the history of colonialism and imperialism to those who have been duped into believing such divisive nonsense. The only way to deal with xenophobia, misogyny or Islamophobia is to confront it head on. We are not in the business of falsifying reality. We should once more reject the idea that racism and sexism can be fully defeated under capitalism and refuse to go along with the notion that slogans, regulations, gender quotas, ‘safe spaces’, etc will bring us equality. We must argue that the system relies on divide and rule, that racism and sexism are by-products of the prevailing economic order and that the central issue is class. Our main focus is on capitalism itself – we are revolutionaries, not reformists.

Neither in the United States nor in the United Kingdom can more jobs and better pay be achieved by keeping out immigrants. The problem is capitalism and its efforts to find the cheapest labour wherever it can – it is our responsibility to explain this to those sections of the working class that blame foreigners for job losses, low wages, poor housing and cuts in services. We do not seek to create non-racist zones, where migrants can be protected from racist or chauvinistic attitudes. We want to change the world, not escape from it.

A Clinton presidency would have had little or no effect on the plight of women worldwide, in the same way as the election of a black lawyer eight years ago did not change the lives of the black urban poor in the US.

http://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1130/no-democratic-advert/

Comment from Kay
Time November 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

Well, it will be interesting to see what happens under Trump! One thing is for sure – those adversely impacted by globalisation sure as hell aren’t interested in socialism with all its minority-pandering PC-dominated crap!

You keep on imagining that eventually the ‘workers’ will rise up against capitalism and stage a socialist revolution. Well, the ‘workers’ have started to arise in Australia – as they already have in the US – and their choice for a protest vote is One Nation – the same sort of choice as in the US!

Yes, the Left Wing elites think Muslims are great, Aboriginals are being destroyed by us whites and that SSM is something that ALL Australians want! And that Gillian Triggs is fantastic! But out there in this great land of ordinary workers, these views are definitely not held! The cloistered world of academia is way out of step with the rest of the country.

Just remember, the White Australia Policy was a creature of ordinary workers and their unions – not the ‘bosses’! Why do imagine workers have changed?

The Left has only itself to thank for people turning against it. Sure, we needed anti-discrimination legislation and the whole EEO movement. These achieved a much greater degree of equality of opportunity, and helped to strike out a whole body of unsupportable discriminatory practices. But, the Left just went too far. Now it is busily trying to dismantle freedom of speech – unless you say what the Left believes. If you don’t agree with the Left, then of course you are a “racist”, a “bigot”, a “homophobe”, a “fascist”, plus a few other offensive insults. Well, ordinary workers have had enough of this sort of abuse by the Left!

I don’t think much of Trump, but I am so glad the fight-back against all that PC-dominated crap that rules the world these days has begun!

Comment from Lycaon
Time November 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm

John,

Here is important article from the New York Times on the working class vote for Trump in the industrial heartlands of the US:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/business/economy/can-trump-save-their-jobs-theyre-counting-on-it.html?_r=1

The article shows that contrary to the fantasies of one Murdoch-Rothermere subscriber reproduced on your blog, the working class vote for Trump was not motivated by identity politics, racism, or a wish to return to the good old days of the 1950s.

The vote for Trump is a measure of the economic desperation of the working class. As Artesian notes at the Wolf at the Door blog, this desperation comes from the “reduction in manufacturing jobs with a higher wage rate, the increase in service jobs with a lower wage rate and the increase in part-time and temporary employment.”

It is clear that right wing and nationalist identity politics espoused by the demagogues of the Murdoch and Rothermere presses and faithfully reproduced here by the likes of Kay will do nothing to alleviate the economic lot of the working class voter who faces unemployment and feels driven to vote for Trump.

On the other hand it is also clear that the left has seriously erred in allowing itself to become identified with the official identity politics of soft liberal cultural capitalism. As Yassamine Mather notes in the article linked below, far from helping those affected by discrimination, this identity politics is actually harmful to the people it claims to benefit. Like its retrogade right wing counterpart, the official liberal identity politics of cultural capitalism cannot mention or address the causes of inequality.

http://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/999/quotas-harm-the-cause/