Paul D’Amato explains why those countries that call themselves socialist are nothing of the sort, as part of his series on the ISO’s “Where We Stand” statement in the latest Socialist Worker US.
The best way to remember Mandela will be to continue the fight against apartheid here in Australia and in Israel.
In September 1993 Mandela made a remarkable speech to trade unionists. He declared, “How many times has the liberation movement worked together with workers and then at the moment of victory betrayed the workers? There are many examples of that in the world.
“It is only if the workers strengthen their organisation before and after liberation that you can win. If you relax your vigilance you will find that your sacrifices have been in vain.
“You just support the African National Congress only so far as it delivers the goods. If the ANC government does not deliver the goods, you must do to it what you have done to the apartheid regime.”
Once more Mandela had courageously told the truth.We mourn his passing. We remember his great sacrifice. The struggle goes on.
The death of Nelson Mandela closes the life of a heroic resistance figure who devoted his very being to the struggle against apartheid even though this came at immense personal cost writes Tom Bramble in Red Flag.
Mandela was, also, however, the saviour of South African capitalism, which condemned so many of his countrymen and women to continuing terrible hardship even after the destruction of the apartheid regime.
I am in tears as I write this. Farewell Nelson Mandela. We loved you. The best way to remember him and honour his legacy of struggle will be to continue the fight against apartheid today in Australia and Israel.
In short, if we were serious about education, then our education discussion wouldn’t be focused on demonizing teachers and coming up with radical schemes to undermine traditional public schools. It would instead be focused on mounting a new war on poverty and thus directly addressing the biggest education problem of all.
For me, joining Socialist Alternative (SA) has been a slow process, often hindered by the criticisms (or lies) about SA that I have inevitably been told as a member of the Grassroots Left at Sydney University writes Eleanor Morley in Socialist Alternative.
ASIO, one of Australia’s secret police agencies, has raided the Canberra offices of Bernard Collaery, a lawyer for East Timor in its spying case against Australia. They have also arrested a whistle blower. Secret police – keeping Australian capital safe from all threats – East Timor, workers, Indonesia, Edward Snowden. Secret police – trampling over human rights, acting illegally. Abolish Australia’s secret police, the Australian equivalent of the Stasi.
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/
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised.