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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)



Archive for 'John Mullen'

Revolt in France: could Macron be under threat?

John Mullen in France wrote this after the events of Saturday but before the back-down (at least for the time being) by Macron on imposing the fuel tax. He says, among other things: ‘Macron’s pathetic excuse for the fuel tax rises is the environment, whereas in fact he is busy closing down thousands of kilometres of regional railway lines, cutting the funding for local government, and slashing the social housing programmes which allow employees to live near their workplaces. So it would be good to draw the links.’


John Mullen on the class struggle in France: a temporary stalemate

The weakness of our side has been the strategy of the union leaderships. Though they have supported sections calling strikes, they have not wanted to build even for a one-day general strike, which could realistically have been organized on this issue. And there is not an alternative leadership for the working class.

Similarly on the political front. Throughout the movement members of anticapitalist groups (such as Ensemble, the group I belong to, or the New Anticapitalist Party) have been very much involved in building up actions. And the Communist Party and Left Party have mobilized comprehensively. Nevertheless, no organization has given a clear and visible political lead on how to win.

A report from John Mullen in Paris on the one million strong mobilisation in defence of free speech

This is a report by John Mullen from his blog John Mullen à Montreuil -Blog anticapitaliste on the mobilisation on Sunday in defence of free speech in Paris. He says in part: It seems to me there are two myths going round about the political meaning of these rallies. Firstly on the mainstream news there […]

John Mullen: In Paris at the vigil after the attack on Charlie Hebdo

John Mullen went to the vigil in La Place de la Republique and reflects on the murder of the journalists and others and on the nature of Charlie Hebdo.

Why read Trotsky?

There was a reason why Stalin wanted to kill Trotsky, even in exile. Trotsky and his ideas represented a real alternative to the dictatorship against the workers that Stalin had set up.

Pourquoi lire Trotsky?

Ainsi la vie et l’oeuvre de Trotsky nous permet d’envisager deux voies alternatives : le pouvoir des travailleurs aurait pu se maintenir, Hitler aurait pu être écrasé dans l’oeuf. C’est pourquoi les écrits de Trotsky restent importants pour l’anticapitaliste duXIe siècle.