Childhood recollections of the Chilean coup

Jorge Jorquera [For my sons Miguel Enriquez and Inti Pablo,* on the 40th anniversary of el golpe militar .] My only lasting memories as a young child are associated with the military coup in Chile in 1973. I remember a mixed collection of facts, experiences and emotions. All of them have in common a sens...CONTINUE READING

Chile 1973: Lessons of the coup

Jorge Jorquera My childhood memories of Allende’s Chile, sharpened by the words, tears and suffering of the adults around me, reflect now more vividly and perhaps more bitterly than ever the tragedy of a revolution half-made. It is difficult not to remember Allende as a tragic figure, at once both a symb...CONTINUE READING

Where does real change come from?

Colleen Bolger The radical historian Howard Zinn once said: “What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in!” He was pointing to how progressive change is won. It has little to do with the political stripes of the party in government, but much to do with what happe...CONTINUE READING

Amber Maxwell, a rebel and a fighter

Lewis Todman The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday, 24 August. Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socia...CONTINUE READING

The limits of capitalist democracy

Sandra Bloodworth The meaning of democracy is contested. On one hand, it was invoked by George Bush and then Barack Obama to justify wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Every fascist party in Europe today either has democracy in its name or as part of its rhetoric. On the other hand, striking workers,...CONTINUE READING

The reality of law and order hysteria

Louise O’Shea “I’m always behind. Those years that it took from me, I lost a lot. And even now at the age of 36 when I should be fully in a career, have a house, a car, maybe married, I don’t have any of that. I don’t know how to regain any of that stuff anymore. So I’m just here.” – Raymond Santana, on...CONTINUE READING

Thibedi William Thibedi and the Industrial Workers of Africa

Vashti Kenway Thibedi William (TW) Thibedi (1888-1960) stands as an early symbol of African working class determination and organisation. He initially trained as a teacher but by 1916 he had come into contact with representatives of the revolutionary syndicalist International Socialist League in Johanne...CONTINUE READING

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