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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)



Oppose those who lead to surrender

‘Those who lead Greece and its Left to surrender should be opposed,’ writes Stathis Kouvelakis in Jacobin. Stathis serves on the central committee of Syriza.

Click here to read the whole article ‘From the absurd to the tragic‘ (written before the vote to accept austerity).



Comment from Lycaon
Time July 12, 2015 at 2:50 am

Syriza has requested another bailout. It is not going to happen. Schäuble plays this game better than Varoufakis, Tsipras, and all the radical political economists put together, because he recognizes it isn’t a game. At stake is Italy. Listen up, Renzi: the continued devastation of Greece is the object lesson of a European Union of capital, for a European Union of capital, by a European Union of capital.

Now that’s the “front page” story. The back story is coming to grips with the grinding defeat facilitated by Syriza. So……all in.

1. I think I was one of the first to draw an analogy, or a parallel between Syriza and Allende’s UP government in Chile. That being said, Tsipras wouldn’t make a pimple on Allende’s ass, and Syriza (with its bogus Thessaloniki program of a “new New Deal” and one more Marshall plan), in comparison to the Socialist Party of Chile of that time wouldn’t even make it into the “left” category. Syriza was, is, and remains a consciously pro-capitalist formation, of by and for continued domination of capital. Allende, and the Socialist Party of Chile were not.

2. The UP government was elected by a workers’ upsurge whereas Syriza gained its credibility by demonstrating how effective it could be in pre-empting demonstrations, strikes; channeling struggle into “democratic expressions” of support for the European Union, and Greece’s “partnership” with EU capitalism.

3. The “left” outside of Syriza has to come to grips with its uncritical support for an explicitly pro-capitalist formation. Moreover, the “left” outside of Syriza has to come to grips with the failure of the left platform within Syriza– that it registered only 2 “no” votes against the Tsipras proposals. All other “no” votes came from………..the fascists and the KKE.

4. The “left” is organically incapable of confronting either issue.

5. Advocating demonstrations against the government (which government will be out of office shortly) has its role, purpose, and function, and part of those is facilitating, and covering, efforts to building an underground apparatus that can protect militants, workers, immigrants from the repression, and the assaults from official and unofficial sources that are sure to follow.

July 11, 2012

Comment from Lorikeet
Time July 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

I think bailouts will continue to happen. This will aid the UN’s global flattening agenda, as the more wealthy nations are milked.

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