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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: Castro

Fidel Castro has died

History must judge Castro both as the freedom fighter whose defiance humiliated US imperialism and as the ruler of a repressive, unequal society. It was right to support his resistance to the US attempts at revenge. But he cannot be absolved of abusing the idea of communism to rule over a capitalist society. The socialism he claimed to represent is as important as ever—but making it a reality means workers’ self-activity, not state control from above.


Cuba is not socialist

Many (including socialists and those opposed to socialism) see Cuban society as a model for socialism. But a look at its history presents different conclusions, argues Mark Gillespie in socialist magazine Solidarity. Written six years ago Mark outlines the development of state capitalism in Cuba. Another article I will post in the days to come will outline the ongoing shift in Cuba from state capitalism to market capitalism.

Castro sides with Gaddafi

Castro’s silence on the murderous response of the Gaddafi regime to the mass uprising of the Libyan people will echo loudly down the halls of history. The best antidote to US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa is the Arab revolutions and the conquest of power by the masses.

Cuba: Stalinism isn’t socialism

One of Marx’s unique and profound contributions to socialism is his idea that the emancipation of the working class is the act of the working class.  This is the very reason Cuba isn’t socialist. In 1956 Castro arrived in Cuba with 82 middle class nationalists to overthrow the US backed Batista dictatorship.  After being attacked […]