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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)



Tag: Alienation

Is Tony Abbott Captain Hook or Captain Crook?

No matter how badly Abbott and co treat asylum seekers, many workers will still have insecure, poorly paid unfulfilling jobs.  Joining in the demonisation of refugees won’t change that and only reinforces and assists the very people who create the rotten system that gives us rotten jobs and enables them to worsen our conditions. While the one sided class war the bosses have waged successfully against us cannot go on for ever, mass class struggle isn’t going to break out in the immediate future. Instead we may well see Captain Crook and his listing ship Team Australia win the next election on the back of demonising asylum seekers, MUSLIM!!!!! terrorists and lifestyle choice Aborigines while a pathetic Opposition cheers them on and a cowed labour movement continues its surrender.


How does this happen?

Easy access to guns – one-third of Americans own a gun, and the U.S. as a whole has half the world’s guns in civilian hands – may provide the means for committing certain types of crimes, but the roots of Adam Lanza’s actions go deeper. They lie in a profoundly alienated society in which violence in general is sanctioned by the most exalted American institutions–as long as it is carried out for “legitimate” purposes, like U.S. wars abroad or police at home defending law and order.

Of dogs and alienation

The love of a dog is real enough. It brings joy to both owner and dog in a joyless world; love in a loveless society. It doesn’t challenge that heartless world; it at best provides an avenue for ameliorating it outside the seeming boundaries of its brutality – the workplace and the production of profit.

Of weddings, wars and wowsers – have your say in Saturday’s socialist speak out

As a class we can empower ourselves and in doing so would no longer have to endure structures of feudalism and celebrations of war, bigotry and the mysticism of religion. As Trotsky put it ‘Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression, and violence, and enjoy it to the full.’

Tiger Woods and Mary MacKillop

The Church hopes that Mary MacKillop will be the Tiger Woods of religion in Australia, without the sins but with a drawing power that will have people coming back through the turnstiles, oops, doors.

What to make of Mary MacKillop?

When the oppressed arise, we must be on their side, even if they do believe in Mary MacKillop. It is their power as workers that is the driving force of change and one we socialists want to relate to.

Hey hey it’s yesterday: Australian capitalism and racism

A combative working class can move Australia from the racist backwater Australian capitalism has made it to one where relations between people are on a more equal footing.

Of public toilets, speeding cars and revolution

Evidently the people of Sydney don’t go to the toilet. That’s the only conclusion I can draw from the lack of public conveniences in the city. Even the train stations didn’t have loos (or at least none I could easily find). At first I thought the lack of public toilets was a plot to force us to use those […]

It was forty years ago today: Woodstock and the music of rebellion

To reclaim rock and roll we must reclaim rebellion. Only revolution can liberate modern music from its current tepidness and timidity.

Jacko, Lotto and Blotto: alienation in practice

I long for the day when we are all superstars, drunk on our collective power and rich beyond our means.