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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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)



Archive for 'Writing'

ANU student newspaper review of my poetry book Songs for the Band Unformed

VICTORIA FAY in the Australian National University student newspaper Woroni reviews my book, Songs for the Band Unformed.. She says, among other things: Songs for the Band Unformed reflects a broad scope of modern Australian life, exploring the personal, the political, and often tying the two together with a dark sense of humour. Passant, with his inviting poetic style, has successfully produced a collection that can appeal to even those, like me, with an ingrained apprehension towards poetry.


The pen is dry

The pen is dry. I cannot or maybe will not write tonight. Who can discern the will, other than in my case at the moment perhaps obstinacy and a feeling of relaxation after 20 minutes of deeper water running and 45 of gentle aqua aerobics? The life of politics is not a game but the […]

I will never stop writing

My blog is a small contribution to the wider attempt to keep alive the ideas of genuine socialism, of democracy and revolution. Even though it is more or less unrewarded labour in the monetary sense, it is rewarded in another sense. It is my own, my free labour in a world of alienated labour. I will never stop writing.

A Political Animal; or History Walks

I have had an idea for a book – a sci fi allegory – floating around for a while.  It will be collaborative.  So to my reader, feel free to contribute.  Once I figure out Word Press logistics for doing this I hope to post regularly (if I don’t get a job soon) and receive […]