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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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Can you recommend any poetry publishers?

Dear Readers   I am in the process of finalising my second volume of poetry. Any suggestions for a publisher who might be interested? It is a mix of personal and political.   You can buy signed copies of my first volume, Songs for the Band Unformed, (Ginninderra Press, 2016), from the Independent Australia shop […]

Understanding – a poem

Understanding I do not understand Marx In all his volumes I do not understand Hegel Apparently Lukacs loses me Totally some might say And yet I know the struggle Class against class Them and us The value that is exploitation Enough of sly references! Our side is my essence A man of emotions, Of guesses […]

The falling leaf – a poem

The falling leaf It is May Day There are no workers Marching past An old man sits next to me My old man Waiting, at last To be free This is your freedom, Dad It lives here now This is your freedom, Dad It lives in you now It is you You know how Let […]

Old school memories

I went past my old school today Saint John Vianney is its name On that first day 59 years ago, I ran away I should have kept going I remember the beatings, of others mainly The angry nuns, the shouting The fear of God, Beaten in, always beaten in With stories and the rod I […]

Retreating

Retreating I can no longer be outgoing, I am retreating from the world, Knowing its horrors Forces me within Are they outside or in? The empathy that kills, kills The love that loves does, too The drunken haze of other days Returns, without the drink This is for you That makes me think Euripides was […]

A mythical land

A mythical land All praise our myths For they are ours Grown old, stiffed Lying rivers rage White lies our lie Raging torrents the truth Brave founders arrive Genocide befores The joy of fatal shores Brave ANZACs protect Fake freedoms In foreign deaths Fair go, mate It did, and went Victory, their class hate Let […]

An Awesome night of poetry and song

I’m excited to announce my collaboration with musical duo The Awesome.

My strength weakens me

My strength weakens me   Caught in the cusp of life My strength weakens me Not only ageing But disappearing It is not my time And will not be   What was strong is weak What was weak is weaker I am the wikileaks of life A leaker, Of insights unseen Of analysis has-been To […]

If only we knew

If only we knew The loneliness of politics Surrounds the withdrawal that is writing In this nothing cries relief Beyond the hope of better days While the garbage sorts pick nits From the words of wiser ways They drag us to the sidelines Of their enlightened graves This is the way the flame dies In […]

Together we can

Together we can For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui The bitch is not a bitch She is not on heat She was raped By the good burghers of the middle class From arse to […]