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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

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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Archive for 'The Great Recession'

Crisis and the Left in Australia

I am a fairly excitable person. I can mistake the moment for the month; the ephemeral for the eternal. But I am not alone there. Capitalism regards itself as immutable,as something that will exist forever.  It mistakes now for the future and ignores the contradictory dynamics contained within the system. It also views the past through […]

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Is Labor getting ready to go early?

All the tea leaves point to an early election so that Labor can avoid the electoral fallout from rapidly rising unemployment and introduce a horror Budget in 2010.

Rudd and refugees: the new racism?

Rudd has developed a new racism – a balancing act which gives the impression of even handedness but attacks refugees who have dark skins.

Commonwealth Bank cuts workers’ wages

Commonwealth Bank management salary cuts are tokenistic posturing aimed at convincing staff to accept a real wage cut.

Stats sacks staff

According to Satuday’s Canberra Times, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has begun to carry out its decision to sack 180 staff.  This week 31 learned they are going. More will get the boot in the coming weeks. My union, the CPSU, has done nothing but talk. Only mass meetings of all CPSU members to consider indefinite strike […]

Is this 1929 or 1989, or both?

Every strike contains the seeds of revolution. Therein lies our hope and our future.

Social democracy rules, OK?

Social democratic controlled burning won’t prevent the firestorm of the Great Recession from destroying hundreds of millions of lives across the globe. Rudd Labor will fan the flames.

The Left, internet filtering and missing the point

The Left should encourage and join workers to fight for their jobs and livelihoods, and so help defend and extend our freedoms.

Greed, gender and jobs

For women workers around Australia Gillard and Bligh are the enemies, not allies. A boss is a boss, no matter what their gender.

The bosses’ wage terrorism begins

What an obscenity. The rich and powerful are telling the poorly paid that a wage increase would be bad. Not bad for the poorly paid mind you, but bad for the rich and powerful. Hard to imagine isn’t it – Australia’s CEOs as caring sharing types worried about job losses? Don’t laugh. Evidently they care about […]