How does capitalism work?

Josh Lees Marx and Engels famously wrote in The Communist Manifesto : “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. They paved the way in arguing that in order to understand any society, we need to begin by stripping away all the ideological fluff and getting to t...CONTINUE READING

Reading the Communist Manifesto today

Ben Hillier Why read the Communist Manifesto of 1848? It was written 30 years before the invention of the telephone, at a time when half of English children didn’t live to see their fifth birthday. The pamphlet was commissioned as a political program for the Communist League – an organisation of sever...CONTINUE READING

State violence is a great Australian tradition

Tom Bramble The barbarism at the Don Dale youth detention centre in Darwin revealed by ABC’s Four Corners in late July is only the latest example in the long-running history of brutalism carried out by state authorities in Australia. Most obviously, this brutalism was visited upon the Aboriginal popul...CONTINUE READING

100 years on from the Somme, capitalism still breeds war

James Plested Reading the personal accounts of soldiers from the World War I Battle of the Somme, you’re struck by the strange matter-of-factness and lack of emotion. In the face of such extreme and senseless violence, words do fail. In the diary of Walter Hutchinson, a British stretcher-bearer, we read...CONTINUE READING

Remembering the Battle of Cable Street

Vashti Kenway The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a British fascist, the prominence of the far right in the campaign for Brexit, the dramatic rise of extreme nationalist forces across Europe and the increased prominence of organisations like the United Patriots Front in Australia all raise the question of...CONTINUE READING

Labor is not a genuine alternative

Mick Armstrong The latest opinion polls show record levels of support for minor parties and independent candidates – almost 30 per cent in the House of Representatives and undoubtedly considerably more in the Senate. This is but one reflection of the widespread disillusionment with both major parties, mo...CONTINUE READING

The origins of the Liberal Party

Jerome Small The official version of the Liberal Party’s origins is all about “personal freedom”, “choice” and “enlightened liberal policies”. However, history shows that for the Liberals, freedom for ordinary people is a disposable commodity. The Liberal Party was formed in 1944 from the remnants of p...CONTINUE READING

Who rules Australia?

Ben Hillier Who rules Australia? The most obvious answer is “the politicians”. After all, that’s what this federal election campaign is all about: choosing which group of people will run the country for the next three years. Right? Not exactly. The government wields a degree of power and influence. Bu...CONTINUE READING

The uses and abuses of democracy

Mick Armstrong The first general strike in history occurred just over 170 years ago. It was a strike of insurrectionary proportions led by a mass revolutionary movement – the Chartists. Involving millions of workers, the strike swept through the industrial regions of England as mass pickets marched from...CONTINUE READING