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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 'Revolutionary Party'

May 1968 and the French Communist Party

May 1968 in France shows the revolutionary left can’t just build and lead once the upsurge happens. We need to have done the steady work beforehand of building a mass working class party of revolution with real roots in the working class.

We revolutionaries need to build for the future now. A good starting point is building a revolutionary socialist party and all that that entails. Not tomorrow; not when the class moves; now. Such an organisation does not exist in Australia today.

As the revolutionary unity project Socialist Alternative initiated continues, isn’t it time we had a look at what is on offer? We might just owe it to history and to the future.


What kind of party do we need?

Lenin concluded that you have to begin by grouping together militants and activists -because we’re not talking here about commentators and writers, but people who are involved in the actual struggle against capitalism – into a party that can lead politically other sections of the working-class movement through the ebbs and flow of the working-class struggle.

He used the term vanguard for this, to mean people who are in advance in consciousness – that is, who are enemies of capitalism, rather than half opposed and half accepting. This isn’t an insult – it’s the reality for most people, that they hate the system, but don’t know what else you can put in its place.

The point was how to put together a political organization that in reality represented the best fighters of the working-class movement.

What is a vanguard party?

The critics of Leninism often characterize his conception of a revolutionary party as some sort of isolated sect. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The new year: have your say in Saturday’s Socialist speak out

A new year brings thoughts of a better world and renewed optimism to the fore among many many people. As the new year begins, let us join together, united by our hope for a new world, one free of war, poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia. Let us continue our daily, systematic, unglamourous work towards, as Trotsky wrote, a society cleansed of all evil, oppression and violence.

Penrith: Is reformism dead?

The contradiction between the working class’s yearning for reforms and the inability of reformist parties to deliver them can be broken. A mass revolutionary party of the working class can offer an alternative to the economic reaction of the major and minor parties.

Iran – neither Ahmadinejad nor Mousavi but workers’ revolution

Iranian workers have the opportunity to change history – not just of Iran but of the world. The protests in Iran today contain within them the seeds of a workers’ revolution. The demands of the protestors are political and include the freedom to organise, to express themselves, to have their vote counted fairly, for women’s rights and now, […]

The revolutionary party

John has published a piece on the revolutionary party on Left Focus.  His basic argument is that the building of a revolutionary party with its roots in the working class and as part of the class is an historic necessity.  The democratic socialist revolution can only be successful with such a party. This is not about […]

The revolutionary party – the way forward for the left?

The revolutionary party grows from the most class conscious workers and builds itself through workers’ struggles to enable the majority working class to overthrow capitalism.

Lenin, democracy and the way forward for the Left

Lenin’s position was the exact opposite of the academic caricature. He was one of history’s greatest champions of human freedom.