Capitalism? Yes, let’s have a trial

Allen Myers In announcing his long-avoided royal commission into banking, Malcolm Turnbull said that “it will not put capitalism on trial”. What a shame! Not that anyone would seriously expect the Turnbull government to do anything useful, but a new trial of capitalism is long overdue. I say “new tria...CONTINUE READING

The space out merchants

John Scott Onetime Canadian PM Jean Chretien got himself into hot water several years back. Believing himself off-mike at a political dinner, he remarked to the person next to him that what was standard practice in the US Congress would be jailable conduct in most other Western countries. When his re...CONTINUE READING

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

Sci-fi not so fictional in our abusive capitalist world

John Scott A common theme of paranoid, visionary science fiction writer Philip K. Dick was the manipulation of reality by the powerful to suppress any undesirable tendencies toward self-emancipation by the masses, through drugs ( The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and A Scanner Darkly ), gambling...CONTINUE READING

Helen Razer’s total Marxist propaganda for the young and not-so-young

Corey Oakley Helen Razer, it is probably fair to say, is not your average Marxist. For starters, she’s much more entertaining than most of us. Plenty of Marxists have pointed out that the old guy didn’t just criticise capitalism, but also recognised its revolutionary element. Razer is the first I’ve he...CONTINUE READING

Only a fool or a liar would accept the Saudi ‘reform’ story

Omar Hassan The US alliance with Saudi Arabia has been something of an embarrassment for the political establishment for years now, what with the Saudi monarchy’s total hostility to the most basic democratic freedoms, its ultra-bigoted policies targeting women and religious minorities and the country’...CONTINUE READING

Cheap and easy consultation still too much for a racist government

Diane Fieldes The “Uluru statement from the heart”, produced by a meeting of several hundred Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in late May, put the final nail in the coffin of the billion dollar bullshit of the “Recognise” campaign. This rejection – most forcefully by the minority of radicals who...CONTINUE READING

The kids are all right

Belle Gibson In the first week of November, Australia’s biggest mining conference, the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), was held in Melbourne. IMARC was a chance for thousands of greedy mining magnates and their accomplices to rub shoulders, schmooze and scheme about the most effi...CONTINUE READING

The left should pause before embracing euthanasia laws

Corey Oakley In a decent society, euthanasia would be a basic civil right. More than that, a decent society would consider control over your own death to be as important as, and interconnected with, control over your own life. The problem is, we don’t live in a decent society. We live in a society in w...CONTINUE READING