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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Demands of ruled not met by rulers

This is a letter the Australian Financial Review published today under the heading ‘Demands of ruled not met by rulers’.

Deirdre Macken has some interesting statistics in her analysis of the income top one percent of income earners and others in Australia. (‘It’s a bit rich to dwell on percentages’ The AFR Tuesday 18 October p 64.).) However I think she misses the point in her almost literalist interpretation of the Occupy Movement and its ‘we are the 99%.’

This us (99%) and them (one percent) theme reflects in my view a deeper division in society between those who own and control the means of production and those who must sell their labour power to survive and in doing that provide the basis for the appropriation of surplus value from our work. It is this division which in my view the ‘one percent’ characterisation addresses, often inchoate and unrecognized and at the moment concentrating on reform or wealth redistribution from this one percent to the 99%.

However arguably the era of progressive reform has ended and the one percent cannot allow this without undermining the profit extraction process. If so the demands of the ruled cannot be met by the rulers and the struggles over the social surplus may intensify.

Certainly the reported turnout in Madrid of 500,000 people, in Times Square of up to 100,000 and in Santiago of 60,000 shows widespread anger about the inability of the system to deliver benefits to all, not just to those who own capital.



Comment from dan
Time October 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

So what does the turn up of 30-50 people in Canberra represent? More people front to the apple store when a new ipad is released.

Comment from John
Time October 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

It represents the first step in a long journey.

Comment from dan
Time October 21, 2011 at 7:04 am

And where is the journey going to take you? Do you seriously think that this is the start of a revolution in Australia? How many people that attended the rally did not come from academia, the ranks of the unemployed or students?

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