I have been a socialist since I was 16, radicalised by the Vietnam War.
I am a liberationist – I believe in Marx’s idea of the self-emancipation of the working class.
So I reject Stalinism and recognise it as the opposite of socialism. A brutal dictatorship in which all the decisions about production are made by those at the top has nothing in common with socialism. It is state capitalism.
I have been a union and political activist for many years. I was a member of Socialist Alternative until late 2013. I now regard myself as an independent revolutionary socialist.
I love the Dragons, the ‘Pies, aquarobics and cricket. And my family.
And I loved taking my beloved Leo on walks in the back paddocks near where I live and talking to him about various social, economic and political issues. There was incomparable joy in these walks. That joy has returned with a new dog, a rescue dog, Teddy. I call him Ted. He too loves his walks and puts up with my discussions.
I have 34 years experience in tax. I taught for 9 years at the ANU and 2 years at the University of Canberra. I was an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Tax Office and ran international tax reform there.
I am currently doing a doctorate on Marxism and tax.
By the way Leonie and Bill are pseudonyms I adopted in 2009 when I had a job that hadn’t yet approved my work as John on this site.