The point of protesting

Dean Maloney Over the last few weeks, the capital cities have had quite a few public rallies and demonstrations. Thousands have stood up for refugee rights, and thousands have rallied, or soon will, to demand same-sex marriage rights. Do these rallies really change anything? After all, the denial of re...CONTINUE READING

How the one percent get their money

Allen Myers An article by a Harvard University economics professor, Greg Mankiw, which is scheduled for publication in an academic journal, was posted on Mankiw’s blog in June and has aroused some controversy. Mankiw’s article is entitled “Defense of the One Percent”. Responding to public disquiet at...CONTINUE READING

A migration system driven by profit

Jerome Small Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! – “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty...CONTINUE READING

The strategic importance of students

Sandra Bloodworth Socialist Alternative, the organisation behind Red Flag , argues that we need a workers’ revolution to win human liberation. Yet we are very proud of our student clubs on university campuses. In fact, we would argue that students are of immense strategic importance for any revolutionary or...CONTINUE READING

When the press was revolutionary

Ben Hillier “Every editor, being assumed to be a criminally disposed person and naturally inclined to blasphemy and sedition, had to enter into sureties. Every person possessing a printing-press or types for printing and every type-founder was ordered to give notice to the Clerk of the Peace. Every pe...CONTINUE READING

Allan Little, with the struggle to the end

Tim Starr Doggedly loyal to the struggle for socialism and a member of five different socialist organisations over his life, Allan Little departed our ranks in Brisbane on 12 July at the age of 81. A person of incredibly modest means, he began his working life as a cane cutter in Queensland’s north...CONTINUE READING

Doug Lorimer, 1953-2013

John Percy The Australian left has lost one of its outstanding revolutionary comrades. Doug Lorimer, a committed socialist activist for 42 years and a remarkable writer and educator in the ideas of Marxism, died in Sydney on 21 July after a year of deteriorating health. Doug dedicated his whole life...CONTINUE READING

Indentured labourers and Nauru in the 1940s

Liam Ward In Australian labour history, the words “Chinese labour” and “cheap” are run together frequently and repeated uncritically. They conjure an image of passive pliant dupes at best, or at worst people who were outright scabs. But the stereotype is a racist lie. The truth is that both before a...CONTINUE READING

Yu Kwan-Sun, the soul of Korea

Kim Bullimore In 1920 and 1921, more than two million Koreans from all walks of life took to the streets to demand an end to Japanese colonial occupation and for Korean independence. Among those who risked their lives as part of the anti-colonial Samsil movement (also known as the Man Sei or “Long Live”...CONTINUE READING