Archive for 'The Left'
Why is there so little choice in Australian politics? The neoliberalism of all the parties is the surface answer; lack of class struggle the underlying answer.
Orwell was a committed socialist who wrote not to decry revolution, but to warn against its corruption
For refugees, tomorrow is too late. We need action now, not in a few years time.
Greens, threaten to bring the government down over its cruel and inhuman treatment of asylum seekers. Organise mass civil disobedience to close all detention centres.
Bring your members and supporters onto the streets in their hundreds of thousands to demand the end to mandatory detention. Show some spine for a change.
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.
So why did Labor lose? Neoliberalism. The ALP is one of the two parties of neoliberalism, the idea that the market delivers the best outcomes for society.
The way to break out of the cycle of hope and disillusion is to build a socialist alternative, an organisation committed to a new society in which the cartels of capital no longer rule.
Nick Dyrenfurth is a leftist caricature. In an article in the Weekend Australian called ‘Still meaning left in old idea of the political spectrum’, Dyrenfurth and tag team mate Tim Soutphommasane conclude that the labels Left and Right (read Labor and Liberal) still have meaning. ‘There is a difference’ they doth protest. Well yes and [...]
In the absence of class struggle in Australia both populist leftists (whatever that means) and the more serious social democratic apologists have little oxygen left as the fire of neoliberalism and its neokeynesian variants in practice and ideology engulf us. If there is any hope it lies with the proles.
The swing of 3.7 % to the Greens gives them almost 12% nationally. It offers the left an opportunity to argue our case with those who will become disillusioned with the Greens and their incapacity to fundamentally change anything. They support the profit system which is the root cause of our problems – climate change, [...]
Whether it’s about refugees, the war on Afghanistan, political correctness, same-sex marriage or the mining tax, in the month since Gillard won the Prime Minister’s job, she has continued, if not actually worsened, the rotten rhetoric and practice of her predecessor, Kevin Rudd. Gillard’s attacks on refugees have garnered the government the support of some [...]