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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 June, 2011

Of course Julia Gillard is a racist

All this ongoing Labor Party rightward shift has done is make Tony Abbott, the man of reaction, and his policies, look reasonable. Every ALP attempt to wedge the Liberals with Labor racism or Labor homophobia or Labor neoliberal economic policy further legitimises Abbott and the Coalition.

The good war in the Pacific?

Tom O’Lincoln’s important new book Australia’s Pacific War: Challenging a National Myth stands in the grand tradition of debunking ruling class lies.

O’Lincoln shows that the Second World war and the war in the Pacific were a consequence of imperialism and the needs of late blooming German and Japanese capitalism to expand and in doing that to challenge the established imperial order of a declining Britain and a surging United States.

Saturday’s socialist speak out – have your say

The Greek Government is battling its own people and a debt crisis it can no longer control and which the EU and the IMF might be no longer be able to control. French and German banks may be dragged down with Greek capitalism, spreading the contagion across Europe and then the globe.  Add in the […]

I love reading Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspaper

Read The Australian to see what the bosses’ future might hold. Read Socialist Alternative to understand how their system works and why we should fight for a better world now. Read Socialist Alternative to see what our future could be.

The rising tide of revolution and patterns of revolt in 2011

There is a rising tide of struggle internationally. This kind of generalisation is not easy to make because the struggle is always at different levels and taking different forms in different countries. Nevertheless, it is clear that in the last year the overall trajectory has been massively upwards. In 2010 general strikes took place in […]

Now you’re smoking, Nicola!

Even radical wealth redistribution under capitalism won’t challenge the underlying alienation at the heart of tobacco use. Only a democratic revolution overthrowing the current economic and social relations which give rise to tobacco use can break the habit.

A Faulkner in the road?

The ALP is a capitalist workers’ party, or more accurately today a CAPITALIST workers’ party. And it has responded to the stagnant and declining profit rates of capitalism in the developed world since the early 70s, like every other mainstream party of the Left (broadly understood) internationally, by adopting neoliberalism as its philosophy and practice.

The collected works of John Passant?

OK, so maybe among the dross of my last almost 3 years of blogging there is enough material for a slim book? And if I could only convince a cartoonist to join me in the enterprise.

Of dogs and alienation

The love of a dog is real enough. It brings joy to both owner and dog in a joyless world; love in a loveless society. It doesn’t challenge that heartless world; it at best provides an avenue for ameliorating it outside the seeming boundaries of its brutality – the workplace and the production of profit.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell has banned unions from negotiating public sector wages and conditions in New South Wales. This is an attempt to use public sector workers as a benchmark to drive down all wages and conditions. It removes any role for the traditional agents of bargaining between labour and capital, the trade union bureaucracy. This meas they might […]