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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 'Russian revolution'

Why we remember the Russian Revolution

The promise of the Russian Revolution–its example of mass democracy in action, reaching into every corner of society–shows its relevance for us 100 years later argue the editors in Socialist Worker US.


Soviets in the Russian revolution

Soviet power, which existed for only a few brief years before it was destroyed by Stalinism, proved the central claim of Marxism: workers can become conscious of their interests and can lead a socialist revolution. The soviets were the actualisation of the potential inherent in the working class. They united the working class in democratic bodies. They allowed the working class to intersect with and lead other sections of society, such as the soldiers and peasants. They provided a forum for both discussion and action. They gave workers a huge amount of power – and all of these factors raised the political consciousness of the Russian working class to the level of revolutionary socialism. This was the greatest triumph of the Russian Revolution.

Was the rise of Stalin inevitable?

The ultimate defeat of the Russian revolution has little to do with the Bolsheviks at all. Debate about this or that policy of Lenin or the Bolsheviks in the period following the revolution is really a bit of a sideshow to the much more significant fact that the Russian working-class was simply unable to hold onto power.

The rise of Stalin: What really happened in Russia?

“We have got the dictatorship of the proletariat! … I rub my hands and chuckle with glee. May the day soon come when the proletariat of Western Europe does the same.” Morgan Philips Price, a Manchester Guardian journalist stationed in Russia in 1917, wrote these words to his wife. He didn’t have to wait long. […]

Is Stephen Smith a secret socialist?

Stephen Smith should publish all our secret negotiations and treaties.

The real Marxist tradition and the Russian revolution – a day of discussion and debate

The real Marxist tradition and the Russian revolution– a day of discussion and debate 10am – 5pm, Saturday 7 February The powerful historical lessons of the revolution – from its making by the Russian working class, through to the defeat of the revolution and the rise of Stalinism that smeared the name of socialism for […]

The Russian revolution – despotism or democracy?

7 November is the 91st anniversary of the Russian revolution. For me the revolution is the highest point in human history to date. Thinking that way puts me in a very very small minority of people alive today. And it gives me some strange bedfellows. No doubt some aging apparatchiks from the old USSR will […]