Archive for 'Saturday’s socialist speak out'
Many of the reactionary forces in Venezuela have mobilised against the democratically elected left wing capitalist government. Socialists must support the government but recognise, like the Bolsheviks defending Kerensky against Kornilov, that the resolution of the crisis is socialist revolution. If workers were to mobilise in defence of Maduro as the working class it would open up that possibility.
There will be candlit vigils across Australia for murdered asylum seeker Reza Berati on Sunday from 8 pm. The one in Canberra is on Saturday night from 7.30 pm in Garema Place. This GetUp! link has details for most cities.
Australian bosses and their Abbott Government are about to go on the offensive against workers and unions and Paul Howes has waved his own white flag of surrender before even one major battle. He is a class traitor. We need to fight, and we need to learn that we need to fight. Worse, Howes’ mates at the Australian Council of Trade Unions also have no idea about how to resist the Government. They are the white flag brigade in waiting.
Maybe the time has come to organise freedom flotillas in which Australian citizens use their Australian ships and boats to bring asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia and disperse them into protection networks in Australia.
One of the tags read ‘F@#k Australia Day. No pride in genocide.’ That isn’t vandalism. It is telling the truth, but telling the truth is, as Orwell noted, a revolutionary act in a time of universal deceit. Evidently writing the word genocide on a wall is a crime while the actual genocide against indigenous Australians isn’t.
Will Indonesia start to turn back Australia’s boats? By sending 3 boats to the border between Australia and Indonesia, and with a frigate on the way, the Indonesians are upping the ante against the racist anti-refugee Abbott government. Can trade embargoes be far away?
This is a government of the market, by the market, for the market and it will do all it feasibly can to undermine and destroy universal health care and public education.
While everyone on the Australian left is paying close attention to Tim Wilson’s appointment as a Human Rights Commissioner, the fact that last year the Labor government appointed Chris Jordan, a former partner in one of the major accountancy firms, as Commissioner of Taxation and that yesterday the Liberal Government appointed Andrew Mills, a former partner in the largest specialist tax advisory firm in Australia, as a Second Commissioner, has raised nary a comment (apart, I should humbly add, from me).
Workers could occupy the Holden factories and begin to make buses, trains, trams, solar panels, wind turbines. We need them.
The best way to remember Mandela will be to continue the fight against apartheid here in Australia and in Israel.