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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: Crisis

Morbid symptoms?

‘The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.’ Gramsci.


Are we heading towards a slump?

The disasters of the free market will lead to radicalization and political polarization argues Socialist Worker US.

Global chaos returns – why?

Michael Roberts explains the reasons for the market chaos going on across the globe on his excellent blog site the Next Recession. He says among other things: ‘The reasons are clear. The Chinese economy, now officially the largest in the world (at least as measured by the IMF’s rather weird purchasing power parity method), is slowing fast. To read the whole excellent article click here.

Heading for the europocalypse?

THE EUROPEAN debt crisis keeps getting worse despite a series of attempts to bail out debt-wracked countries in the eurozone, the 17 countries that share a common currency.

The veneer of democracy

As the European crisis worsens, perhaps engulfing France next, the temptation for the ruling class to reach for solutions outside the democratic norm will become greater.

Whether they do or not depends on a range of factors, including the depth of the crisis and the strength of our side. We should be preparing now to defend democracy. Every union struggle, every demonstration against the problems capitalism creates, every occupation deserves our support and helps build our strength.

Is the Australian economy headed down?

So far we in Australia have escaped the worst of the crisis but if the local economy does continue to falter, Australian bosses will be just as ruthless in their determination to make the rest of us pay.

What’s causing the market mayhem?

Many factors are driving the worldwide market mayhem, including the fiasco in Washington over raising the U.S. government’s debt ceiling and the spreading “sovereign debt crisis” in Europe.

But looming behind them all are the deep-seated weaknesses in the world economy more than two years into the “recovery” following the Great Recession–and the failure of the responses to the crisis by the U.S. and other powerful governments.

The downturn mark II?

Stock markets are both the casinos of capitalism and its canaries. At the moment the punters aren’t gambling and the birds are gasping. Across the world stock markets have begun falling and some economists are predicting this is just the beginning of a sustained decline. The bourgeois euphoria over the US debt ceiling spending cuts settlement has given way to deep concerns about Italy’s solvency and the seemingly permanently stalled American economy.

The mutating crisis of capitalism

This is a mutating economic crisis. This is a crisis whose weak link keeps shifting, and as a result, we need to see it in all its dynamism–the way in which it keeps mutating and generating new kinds of illnesses within the system, so while it looks like the last one has been cured, in fact, all they’ve done is move the damage somewhere else.

Greece: Bring all the unions to the Square, bring the squares to every workplace

The coming together of the enthusiasm and the militancy of the movement of the squares with the power of the working class movement is the best way forward. The squares must play a part in escalating to strike action, and the workplaces need the direct, mass action that is on display in the squares.