Australia – open slather for business.
Ludlum’s speech doesn’t specifically mention class let alone using it as the basis for fighting Abbott. All we have to do is wait 2 1/2 years to vote Abbott out. This is the talk of defeat, the strategy of failure, not fighting back.
EL MOVIMIENTO llamando al boicot, desinversión y sanciones (BDS) para presionar a Israel a otorgar derechos básicos a los palestinos ha repentinamente pasado de los márgenes al centro del escenario.
My 30 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp Tuesday 4 March : global super powers jockey for political and economic power and control http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/4-3-14-john-passant-aust-national-woollongong-university-global-super-powers-jockey-for-political-economic-power-control2.mp3
Gerard Henderson might not be as bright as your average gibbering idiot, but his pug-faced sanctimony is still damned annoying wrote Corey Oakley in Red Flag last week. So giving him an open paddock in which to kick around tired clichés from the culture wars does not exactly count as doing the world a favour. Which is why Morris Schwartz’s Saturday Paper has a lot to answer for.
Alan Maass and Lee Sustar writing in Socialist Worker US provide the background for understanding Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine – and inter-imperialist rivalries that are coming to a head.
Can unemployed workers and others being conscripted into the green army organise and fight back against this rotten exploitation? Absolutely. Will they? Well, since they aren’t covered by industrial laws, withholding their labour won’t be illegal.
If there were a lead from the ACTU and other unions, perhaps they would take action, supported by other workers industrially and financially. If not, then the downward spiral of wages is likely to accelerate under the impact of Tony Abbott’s slave wage green army.
Many of the reactionary forces in Venezuela have mobilised against the democratically elected left wing capitalist government. Socialists must support the government but recognise, like the Bolsheviks defending Kerensky against Kornilov, that the resolution of the crisis is socialist revolution. If workers were to mobilise in defence of Maduro as the working class it would open up that possibility.
Is there an alternative to Labor’s guided Schumpeterianism and the Liberals’ overt ‘let the market forces rip’ destruction of jobs and capital?
The Transport Workers Union has given a hint of an alternative. It has threatened strikes against QANTAS and its attempts to sack 5000 staff.
Whose dead are these? the question asks
And the answer crashes on our masks
Yours; they are yours