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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 'Marxist Left Review'

Confronting the Stalinist legacy

In this article in Marxist Left Review, Red Flag editor Corey Oakley in 2011 makes the socialist case against Stalinism and its rotten heritage for and impact even today on the Left.


A Marxist critique of the Greens

New Marxist journal to be launched

Marxist Left Review, a new journal published by Socialist Alternative, is launched as the most severe world economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s has entered its second phase. This is after a temporary stabilisation made possible by trillions of dollars spent by the wealthy countries to prop up the financial institutions of capitalism. It is increasingly clear that the analysis put forward by Marxists – that this is a systemic crisis – is correct. As we go to press there is widespread fear of a double-dip recession in the US, and that European countries are still under threat of default on their debts. So Marxist politics have never been more relevant.

Socialist Alternative was established in 1995 as the result of expulsions of leading members from the International Socialist Organisation. We support and argue for the core politics of the international socialist tradition – that the Stalinist states were/are in no sense socialist, that capitalism is a system of crisis and that the working class is the only force capable of leading a struggle for socialism which will need a revolution in order to succeed. And our aim is to lay the basis for a mass revolutionary party based on the ideas of Marx and Lenin. We feel it is time for us to produce a more substantial publication than our website and our printed monthly magazine, Socialist Alternative.