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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)



Packer and Gyngell: crash of the titans?

Crash of the titans?



Two middle aged thugs terrified the genteel folk of Bondi a few days ago. In scenes reminiscent of the rumble in the bungle, billionaire James Packer and  his good mate, TV station CEO Bruce Gyngell, showed their years of desk training to the whole world.

The hostile brothers were evidently fighting about Channel 9’s invasion of Packer’s privacy. Schadenfreude comes to mind. Packer’s dad, Kerry, made his money in part from Channel 9 invading people’s privacy. James, courtesy of all the hard work involved in being the son of a billionaire, moved his money out of TV and into casinos.

These two thugs are under investigation. This, I assert, is in response to mad Marxists like me (and more sane people in different words) recently suggesting:

None of those in the bosom of the Labor Party or Coalition parties have been charged.

Neither, as an aside, have Bruce Gyngell or James Packer for their affray in Bondi last night. Any other pair of middle aged blokes fighting in the streets of Bondi would have been hauled off to the local police station and charged with … fill in various public offence charges here.But that’s the point of it all. There is one law for the rich and their parliamentarians and one law for the rest of us.

It is a bit hard for the cops to ignore the front page of all the Murdoch newspapers with photos they paid $200,000 for (and whose copyright I am presumably breaching by putting the image above on my blog).  They have to investigate the brawlers to give the impression that the law applies equally to all.

It is not often that individual capitalists resort to physical violence against each other. Normally they reserve their violence for the working class and other countries.

When they do disagree they normally fight it out in the capitalist courts, or the stock market, or the ‘free’ market. But normally the bully wins as competition moves us from the market to monopoly.

Murdoch, with his 70 percent control of the newspaper market in Australia, used his money to splash photos of the pugilists across the front page of his papers and followed this up with page after page of snaps and comment. This is boxing smart. Use your media market to undermine a former competitor and a current one.

Isn’t this a much more civilised way of resolving differences? No. It is the icing on the cake of a violent system, one that exploits workers. It is a system built on force to do that, the force of the cops, the army and the threat of hunger and for many its reality.

Attracting profits to yourself means less profit for other capitalists. So they too are going react, fighting in all sorts of ‘acceptable’ ways for a bigger share of the surplus value workers create.  Bringing down competitors is one way of doing that. Beating each other up isn’t.

Is there an alternative to this system of violence? Yes. Our class smashing theirs.



Comment from Ana Milosevic
Time May 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Some are more equal than others?

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Comment from John
Time May 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Yes Ana.

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