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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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Islam and the Marxist approach to religion

In light of the Islamophobic rallies on the weekend, and the support socialists give to Muslims in fighting this oppression, Erima Dall looks in depth in Solidarity magazine at Marxism, Islam and religion. Click the link to read the whole informative article, Marxism, Islam and religion.

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Marx on religion

‘Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. ‘The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness […]

Jesus Christ – rebel without a Claus

The industrial revolution and the expansion of capitalism worldwide commodified all human relations, including Christmas. Thus the traditions of the past became objects of profitability.

What to make of Mary MacKillop?

When the oppressed arise, we must be on their side, even if they do believe in Mary MacKillop. It is their power as workers that is the driving force of change and one we socialists want to relate to.

Scientology, religion and rationality

Until workers wrest the democratic mantle from their oppressors and extend it into all aspects of life we will apologise again and again for our abuse of the powerless, whether that abuse be in the name of religion or the state.

Crap Corner – Christopher Pearson from The Australian

In last weekend’s Australian Christopher Pearson pontificated that Aboriginal ‘ambit claims that images of the dead are sacrosanct, and that selling them is somehow¬†exploiting the deceased, are bizarre.’¬†¬† Unlike transubstantiation hey Christopher?

Why socialists fight for religious freedom

The imperialist carve-up of the Middle East after World War I involved denigration of Islam and contempt for those who practised it. This has been revived as part of the contemporary “war on terror”, with constant references in the media to “violent jihad” and the supposedly backward nature of Islamic ideas. Marxists fight against these […]

RMIT Muslim Prayer Room campaign

The Muslim prayer room at RMIT is not an issue of secularism or limited space. It is a question of racism, pure and simple.

Father Kennedy shows us how to fight back

There is a battle going on in Brisbane. No, not the phony Queensland election war between the political twins, both vying to show us who is the least incompetent. (By the way, will city people really vote for a not so disguised Country Party?) I am talking about Father Peter Kennedy from St Mary’s Parish […]

Crap corner – their god hates us, but loves deadly bush fires

This is from a recent press release by the US Westboro Baptist Church thanking their god for the bush fires and praying for more deaths. GOD HATES AUSTRALIA. THANK GOD FOR KILLER FIRES & FLOODS, 100+DEAD; PRAY FOR MANY MORE; AS WE WARNED. They supposedly plan to demonstrate outside the mourning services today for those […]