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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 'Marx'

The poverty of Proudhon’s anarchism

The title of the book The Poverty of Philosophy may have been undiplomatic writes Todd Chretien in Socialist Worker US, but Marx was able to offer a clear contrast of his political strategy with that of Joseph Pierre Proudhon.

The ABC of Marxist economics – notes for a talk by Peter Jones at Marxism 2012

These are notes for a talk Peter Jones did at Marxism 2012 on the ABC of Marxist Economics.

Capital and tax – a very simple example

As profit rates have fallen and are up to half what they were in the boom years of the 50s and 60s, across the developed world the state has responded by cutting taxes on capital.

Marx and taxing economic rent in Australia

A very amateurish first draft by me on Marx and taxing economic rent, with too much explanation of basic ideas and then off on tangents and misunderstood ideas.

Forthcoming ANU talks: Why Marx was right

There is an alternative to capitalism’s economic and environmental crises. It is socialism, a society organised democratically to satisfy human need. That can only come about by workers setting up their own democratic institutions to decide what to produce not for a profit but to address our needs as human beings.

Boxing Day sales and Karl Marx

Marx never went to a Boxing Day Sale. He didn’t have the money. In recent years Boxing Day sales have become more popular as a way for retailers to recoup some money after flat or less than expected pre-Christmas revenue.

The three sources of Marxism

Marxism is the legitimate successor to the best humanity produced in the nineteenth century, as represented by German philosophy, English political economy and French socialism. It is these three sources of Marxism, which are also its component parts that we shall outline in brief.

The point of Marxist philosophy

John Molyneux writes on why everyone can and should get to know the ideas of Karl Marx. Marx was the first philosopher in history to look at the world from the point of view of working people rather than one or other section of the ruling classes. Across the board, Marxist philosophy offers a coherent alternative to the ideas which defend and justify exploitation, class rule and capitalism.

Marx becomes a Marxist

Marx developed his idea not just through study. Marx’s Marxism is really the theoretical product of his practical efforts to build a movement for radical change, and his observations of struggles taking place around him.

Marx versus the myth of human nature

Human beings have changed very little genetically over the last 30,000 years. Yet their social forms of organization–the way that they organize themselves to procure food, shelter, clothing and other necessities–have changed tremendously.

It is this that accounts for the changing nature of humans from one society to the next. Each form of social organization has a corresponding set of moral and behavioral “norms.”

In changing their environment, human beings change themselves.