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Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

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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Real debate?
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System change, not climate change
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Student politics and socialists

On the surface this deal with various Labor factions appears unprincipled and further confirmation that for Socialist Alternative in Australia top down politics has overtaken bottom up approaches to building struggles.

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War, environmental destruction, inequality, global poverty: are we socialists really the extremists?

“Extremism” is a common trope of the establishment commentariat when decrying anyone whose views fall outside the narrow neoliberal political range of the major parties writes James Plested in Red Flag. The kind of people who write diatribes against the “extremism” of Socialist Alternative are the same people who, for example, see any real attempt at addressing climate change as tantamount to a communist conspiracy, and who positively gushed over the government’s decision to spend more than $12 billion on fighter jets, at the cost of health, education and welfare.

Where does real change come from?

The radical historian Howard Zinn once said: “What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in!” If we want progressive change, we should take Zinn’s words to heart. Our side needs to get organised and rebuild a rank and file socialist current in the unions and an activist tradition on the campuses.

A party invitation to John Faulkner

Unlike John Faulkner, don’t waste your time on the Labor Party, a moribund organisation of time servers and careerists bowing down at the altar of profit.

Instead check out Socialist Alternative and consider becoming part of a growing movement of revolutionaries in Australia to help build the fightbacks needed today and ultimately to challenge the dictatorship of capital.

Jorge Jorquera: Why I have joined Socialist Alternative in Australia

What’s certain for me, writes Jorge Jorquera, is that revolutionaries have to stand up and be counted – preferably in the same organisation. Right now the organisation to be in is Socialist Alternative. It’s the one organisation in Australia profiling revolutionary politics and prioritising the theoretical discussions of Marxism that need to be put upfront in this period.

There’s no organisation that fits all but if you join in the struggle you can help try build one.

Support left-wing Greens against the establishment’s attacks

The battle against injustice is universal. In Australia it is the struggle against our own rulers and the injustices they perpetrate and perpetuate here and overseas. More power to the left of the Greens in their battles for justice, not just for Palestinians but for Australians too.

Why socialist organisation is necessary

We must begin the task of getting organised around revolutionary ideas today if we are to make the most of the inevitable reaction against the horrors and inequalities of the capitalist system in the future, and to overthrow it for good.

UK education attacks – it’s about class: Join the fight for socialism

Tory education minister Michael Gove claims that the Socialist Workers Party was behind the student protests. We are glad to have played our part in the fightback. But the reality is that up and down the country thousands of students protested because they are furious at the government’s attacks—not because anyone “instructed” them to. However, […]

The two souls of socialism

Ultimately, only the ideas of socialism from below offer a way to break down the “muck of ages” and to produce a new society without class divisions. Only through the mass participation of the working class in a revolution – as the central actors, not just as passive supporters – can the working class become fit to rule. As it was put in the charter of the First International, “the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves”.

Socialists in Australia today

Today we face an existential environmental crisis. Imperialist and other wars rage around the world. Two billion people are starving or malnourished. The bank bonus recovery continues to destroy jobs across most of the industrialised West.  The need for a new society seems clear; a society based on democracy, cooperation and satisfying human need; a society where […]