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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)



Happy birthday Karl

David McNally's photo.


Karl Marx, born 5 May 1818. As Socialist Worker US writes about his re-return:

ONCE AGAIN, Karl Marx and his critique of the capitalist system is haunting the ponderings of even the dustiest media outlets–with newspaper editors and economic commentators asking, and being asked, the question: Was Karl Marx right after all?

Click here to read the whole article.



Comment from Brian
Time May 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm

The answer to that question can be summed up in two words Animal Farm.

All creatures work on the capitalist system to survive. The closest to socialism are Ants.

They work for the collective and good for the hive, but a worker can’t express his wants to be a queen or drone. Injured workers are not looked after (eaten mostly) and many die to keep the hive going. (Wow sounds just like North Korea or the old USSR)

You complain about capitalism, but to date it is the best system we have. Karl Marx, like Alice in wonderland, a good read but impossible to achieve.

Comment from John
Time May 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

You do know what the target of Animal Farm was, do you? Yes, capitalism is so much an expression of human nature that it has been a round for … 450 years? And of course the system itself doesn’t create certain natural values does it?

Comment from Kay
Time May 12, 2015 at 8:58 am

Actually, all critiques in Animal Farm agree on one theme, as demonstrated here:

“Animal Farm perhaps works best not as a specific allegory of the Russian Revolution but rather as a fable about the basic nature of human beings, both in isolation and in groups, which militates against any utopian ideal.” It was aimed at the utopian ideal of communism, but of course the same human frailties are present in capitalism – except that capitalism doesn’t pretend to care for the underdog!

Comment from John
Time May 12, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Yes, written by a man who fought in Spain, and for utopian ideals…

Comment from John
Time May 21, 2015 at 5:54 am

Here is a critique of Orwell which makes a good read and good point.’George Orwell is often presented as a critic of any thoroughgoing attempt to change the world. Yet he was a socialist and a fighter against inequality, exploitation and oppression.’

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