What happened to Bernie Sanders?

Mick Armstrong It is easy to despair about Donald Trump’s America. The most reactionary president in modern US history has survived more than a year in office and maintains a significant base of support. Surrounded by a sea of far right and semi-fascist advisers, Trump pumps out vile tweets threatening n...CONTINUE READING

The private health insurance scam

Mick Armstrong Private health insurance is a monumental rip-off that does nothing to deliver better health outcomes. Quite the opposite – it serves only to undermine public health. The only outcome the health insurance parasites are concerned about is the health of their bottom lines. Money desperately n...CONTINUE READING

Anti-African racism just the latest desperate attempt to divide us

Mick Armstrong There is nothing new about the appalling racist campaign against African youth being waged in Victoria. Back in 2007, a young Sudanese teenager was assaulted with a broken bottle and racially abused. What was the response of then immigration minister Kevin Andrews? He used this racist atta...CONTINUE READING

The collapsing centre poses urgency of building a new left

Mick Armstrong World politics continues to be framed by the backwash from the 2007-08 global financial crisis, which discredited the neoliberal agenda that has dominated the whole political and economic framework of the advanced capitalist countries over the last 30 years. The neoliberal centre – mainstr...CONTINUE READING

Clinton gave us Trump, the ABC gave her a shoulder to cry on

Mick Armstrong Sarah Ferguson’s puff piece interview with Hillary Clinton on the ABC’s Four Corners program was yet another pathetic attempt by the mainstream media to prop up this failed icon of the liberal establishment. Ferguson never once put Clinton on the spot over her bankrupt neoliberal political...CONTINUE READING

What Marxists say about religious freedom

Mick Armstrong Defence of religious freedom is the war cry of No campaigners. It is a cynical attempt by the likes of Tony Abbott, John Howard, Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi to divert the debate away from the core issue of the democratic right of same sex couples to be married in a civil ceremony. Civil m...CONTINUE READING

George Orwell’s nightmare is becoming a reality

Mick Armstrong It is bad enough when Malcolm Turnbull, in yet another attempt to outflank Tony Abbott to the right, exploits hysteria about the supposed terrorist threat to introduce a further round of police state laws. It is even more appalling when we have the supposedly left wing Victorian Labor prem...CONTINUE READING

Australian politicians back Trump’s unhinged nuclear threats

Mick Armstrong We are facing the greatest threat of nuclear war since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis: a nuclear war that would make the terrible destruction the US wreaked on the defenceless populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seem like a kindergarten affair. What is the response...CONTINUE READING

Chinese influence peddling is amateur hour compared to the US

Mick Armstrong Would you believe it? Wealthy Chinese businesspeople and the Chinese government bribe Australian politicians, try to influence community leaders, solicit favourable media coverage, intimidate Chinese international students and democratic rights advocates and engage in spying. A special Fai...CONTINUE READING