How Australian workers beat conscription in WWI

Mick Armstrong The twenty-eighth of October is the centenary of one of the greatest triumphs of the Australian working class movement: the defeat of the World War One conscription referendum. This was an incredibly bitter and hard-fought battle against the combined weight of every section of the rich and...CONTINUE READING

How oppression can be ended

Louise O’Shea The struggle against oppression has been the driving force of history and social development. Far from submitting meekly to their lot, human beings have resisted inequality and oppression from the earliest days of class society. But resistance alone is no guarantee of success. Oppression,...CONTINUE READING

Why capitalism causes oppression

Louise O’Shea Attempting to explain and understand the many forms of oppression that exist in society without reference to the nature of the capitalist system is a sure path to answers that don’t answer and explanations that don’t explain. Individual prejudice, lack of education or ill-advised public po...CONTINUE READING

A lattice of self-love: elite private schools and the making of the ruling class

Jane Kenway Elite private schools have always been involved in the making of class. They do “class work” on behalf of their usually wealthy, well-connected clients, patrons and advocates by reproducing their privilege, power and status over the generations. Such schools are immersed in extensive netwo...CONTINUE READING

The canyon between the rich and the rest of us

Leela Yellesetty We live in a world of unprecedented inequality. Currently, the world’s richest 62 people possess as much wealth as the bottom one-half of humanity. By any conceivable measure – income, wealth, health care, education, housing – the gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us is astronom...CONTINUE READING

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