Archive for 'Saturday’s socialist speak out'
The best way to remember Mandela will be to continue the fight against apartheid here in Australia and in Israel.
I have been reading what Pyne-occhio and The Abbottulism said before the election about school funding and what they are doing after. It’s chalk and cheese and their lies will haunt them all the way to the next election. But it is not just their lies that will haunt them. They are on a long term mission to destroy public education in Australia.
Abbott’s leadership of racism in Australia is now undermining his main propaganda popularising and focusing racism, ‘stopping the boats.’
He may therefore be considering an alternative racist focus like Aborigines but given the massive political investment he made in ‘stopping the boats’ and the possibility of resistance or fightback, that may not work. In Abbott’s mind a good ‘terrorists in Australia’ beat up might be more successful in diverting our attention away from his failed refugee racism.
Scott Morrison, Australia’s Immigration minister and devout evangelical Christian, has sent a profoundly disabled four year old child of asylum seekers to Australia’s concentration camp on Nauru. He has also separated Latifa, a Rohingya asylum seeking mother from her new baby in a Brisbane hospital and banished the rest of the family offshore.
What is missing from the job cutting onslaught the government and its mates are launching is any union or working class fightback.
Given Campbell Newman’s public direction to judges to harden the fuckup (or words to that effect) why isn’t he in the slammer for contempt of court? No trial necessary, just a decision by a judge that he is in contempt and off he goes for a few days or weeks or months in jail. No trial, no jury, no evidence. Sort of doing a Newman to Newman.
Just as the Abbott government doesn’t care about climate change, they don’t care about its victims either. As the cuts to bushfire (and other) emergency relief show, they don’t give a toss about ordinary Australians whose lives have been affected or destroyed by the fires. If they feel confident enough to attack bushfire victims, imagine what cuts they have planned for the rest of us.
As fires destroy hundreds of homes across New South Wales, Tony Abbott prepares to abolish the carbon tax and replace it with a direct action plan that will pay polluters if they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But only if it costs less than $3 billion a year. Something about Nero comes to mind.
With the decline of profit rates over the last 40 years the economic base for social democracy and reform no longer exists. But the reformist longing for change continues. It springs from the relationship between labour and capital, and the sale of labour power to survive. Because of the exploitation and alienation that workers suffer, they want a better world.
The IPCC is clear. Climate change is real. It is a result of human activity (read capitalism and the way production for profit is organised.) The time to act is now; not the irrelevant discourse of a price on carbon or direct action that the parties of neoliberalism sprout but a real globally focussed program of action to address the existential threat to humanity and, for those short term profiteers, capitalism itself. It looks to me that only a democratic planned economy based on satisfying human need can do that. That is socialism.