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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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Archive for 'State capitalism'

Cuba is not socialist

Many (including socialists and those opposed to socialism) see Cuban society as a model for socialism. But a look at its history presents different conclusions, argues Mark Gillespie in socialist magazine Solidarity. Written six years ago Mark outlines the development of state capitalism in Cuba. Another article I will post in the days to come will outline the ongoing shift in Cuba from state capitalism to market capitalism.

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The revolutions of 1989: how the old regimes were torn down

Revolt swept across Eastern Europe 25 years ago, toppling the Berlin Wall and the Stalinists who built it. The real socialists were cheering, argues Tomáš Tengely-Evans in Socialist Worker UK

Where to for Cuba?

It is this political vision advocating for the democratic self-management of Cuban society that can shape a compelling resistance for what is likely to come writes Sam Farber in Jacobin magazine. Through cultivating solidarity with those most vulnerable and calling for class, racial, and gender equality, a future movement can build a united front against old and emerging oppressors.

In that vision lies hope for the people of Cuba and the broader region.

Stalinist tyrannies ruling in the name of socialism

I posted this article a month ago.

Paul D’Amato explains why those countries that call themselves socialist are nothing of the sort, as part of his series on the ISO’s “Where We Stand” statement in Socialist Worker US.

Confronting the Stalinist legacy

In this article in Marxist Left Review, Red Flag editor Corey Oakley in 2011 makes the socialist case against Stalinism and its rotten heritage for and impact even today on the Left.

Tyrannies ruling in the name of socialism

Paul D’Amato explains why those countries that call themselves socialist are nothing of the sort, as part of his series on the ISO’s “Where We Stand” statement in the latest Socialist Worker US.

The gravedigger of Stalinism and the hope of the future

Having created its own gravedigger in the form of a powerful working class, is it any surprise Stalinism is merely transitory? Historically it looks as if state capitalism is a conduit or stepping stone from peasant societies to market capitalism.

State capitalism and the self-emancipation of the working class

The self-emancipation of the working class and the theory of state capitalism remain at the centre of my politics, my thinking and my activity.

Socialism from below

The self emancipation of the working class and the theory of state capitalism are for me integral to our attempts to build a propaganda group and from that a revolutionary workers’ party capable ultimately of challenging for power when the mass of workers enter onto the stage of history.

They remain and will remain at the centre of my politics, my thinking and my activity.

Was the rise of Stalin inevitable?

The ultimate defeat of the Russian revolution has little to do with the Bolsheviks at all. Debate about this or that policy of Lenin or the Bolsheviks in the period following the revolution is really a bit of a sideshow to the much more significant fact that the Russian working-class was simply unable to hold onto power.