How not to remember the Russian Revolution

Daniel Taylor On 7 November, the world marked 100 years since the Russian Revolution: the brief seizure of power by a socialist workers’ movement that showed millions that a better world is possible. The centenary is both an inspiring occasion and a sobering one. Inspiring because it reminds us that the...CONTINUE READING

Right wing takeover of Monash Student Association

Daniel Taylor Right wing students have taken over the Monash Student Association (MSA), a bastion of the broad left for decades. In the annual MSA elections, a conservative group won a landslide victory, gaining around 60 percent of the vote for most positions. It is a decisive shift in the politics of...CONTINUE READING

On the socialist path with Bolshevik Bill

Daniel Taylor When do you begin to pity a Liberal government? When it has to ask the High Court whether it exists at all? Or when its last argument in its own favour is that if Bill Shorten takes over, he will establish a communist dictatorship based on absolute equality enforced with brutal violence? T...CONTINUE READING

Why Albo’s no Jez

Daniel Taylor For an ashen-faced bureaucrat who has spent 20 years quietly decaying in the House of Representatives, Anthony Albanese displays a stunning capacity to fire the imaginations of certain demographics. He is “Hot Albo” on the internet when a 30-year-old photograph of him with an earring inspi...CONTINUE READING

Why radical change is not an impossible dream

Daniel Taylor To be a radical in Australia today, one must confront a daunting reality. To transform society, we must overcome powerful institutions designed to hold back social change. To do so, we need a mass socialist movement, harnessing our collective power to a project of fundamental social change...CONTINUE READING

Why democracy and capitalism don’t mix

Daniel Taylor When he took office in January, Donald Trump declared that he was “transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you: the people”. As the rain fell on the half-empty National Mall, the new president predicted: “January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people beca...CONTINUE READING

Capitalism’s illusory freedom

Daniel Taylor World capitalism is a mess. Racked by political crises, teetering on the brink of economic crash or war, every year reaching new heights of economic inequality so extreme as to be almost unimaginable: the system seems to offer no hope for the future. We live in a period with no governing p...CONTINUE READING

Who’s afraid of Leon Trotsky?

Daniel Taylor Jeremy Corbyn has shifted British society to the left in many ways. He has encouraged a revival of a number of supposedly antiquated notions: the large-scale nationalisation, the strike and the protest. But perhaps most surprising of all is that Corbyn (or more specifically the campaign ag...CONTINUE READING

Simon and Garfunkel no more: the day Corbyn and Sanders parted ways

Daniel Taylor Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders: two survivors of the 1960s who, for about a year, have seemed as much in spiritual harmony as Simon and Garfunkel. Both their bewildered detractors and their super-fans have upheld the grandfatherly reformists as models of a new left populism of the Anglos...CONTINUE READING