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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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?
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
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Tiananmen Square: lessons for the future for the Chinese working class

Tiananmen Square was a dress rehearsal for the future. The Chinese working class has a material interest in democracy. It has the strength to overthrow the corrupt and bankrupt butchers in Beijing and their sons and daughters. Having done that the Chinese working class will be forced to take the revolution beyond bourgeois political demands and threaten capitalism in China itself. Then and only then can we talk about genuine socialism, the self-emancipation of the working class through its own democratic organs to organise production to satisfy human need, not to make a profit.

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Support colleagues striking for press freedom at the Southern Weekend Newspaper, Guangzhou

Please add my name to the Media Alliance letter to show my support to my colleagues at Southern Weekend in their fight for press freedom and the fundamental principles of journalism.

Tiananmen Square: remembering the past and imagining the future

Tiananmen Square was a dress rehearsal for the future. The Chinese working class has a material interest in democracy. It has the strength to overthrow the corrupt and bankrupt butchers in Beijing.

Having done that the Chinese working class will be forced to take the revolution beyond bourgeois political demands and threaten capitalism in China itself. Then and only then can we talk about genuine socialism, the self-emancipation of the working class through its own democratic organs of societal control.

Tiananmen Square – a dress rehearsal for the future

Tiananmen Square was a dress rehearsal for the future. The Chinese working class has a material interest in democracy. It has the strength to overthrow the corrupt and bankrupt butchers in Beijing.

Mao: from mass murder to the market

The triumph of mass murderer Mao Zedong was not the victory of socialism; it was the victory of a de-classed peasant army headed by intellectuals and others parading  as ‘communists’ over warlord capitalism. Mao proceeded to build capitalism in the backward country, using Stalinism in Russia as his model. This saw the state concentrate capital in its own hands, forcing […]

Australian hypocrisy over Rio Tinto arrests

John has an article in the August edition of Socialist Alternative about Australian hypocrisy over the Rio Tinto arrests. It is based on Rudd gives China a Stern talking to on this site.

Rudd gives China a Stern talking to

Kevin Rudd is the popinjay of international relations. He bestrides the world like a coxcomb. Will he investigate foreign bribery allegations, a crime in Australia?

Tiananmen Square, 1989: China’s uprising

1989 showed that China’s workers, peasants and students have the power to challenge the country’s rulers and the potential to overthrow them.

Tiananmen Square: a dress rehearsal for the future

Tiananmen Square was a dress rehearsal for the future. The Chinese working class has a material interest in democracy. It can overthrow the butchers in Beijing.

Photos and freedom – in some countries …

“I didn’t know that taking holiday snaps was illegal in some countries.”  That’s the snappy line from smartraveller in Foreign Affairs. I checked the site and I couldn’t find any warnings against taking photos in Australia – Pine Gap to be precise. Rudd Labor recently amended the law to make sure that people who took photos of Pine Gap were jailed […]