A letter to Europeans regarding refugees

Diane Fieldes From Australia, we watch with a sense of horror and foreboding the situation in Europe regarding refugees. There will be still more horrors if your governments proceed on the path blazed by our governments. Australia is a world leader in the torture of asylum seekers. In January, a report...CONTINUE READING

Unearthing the real Lenin

Daniel Taylor Lenin has a bad reputation. His embalmed corpse is still on display for tourists in Moscow, a grotesque monument to the cultish hero-worship of elite political figureheads that characterised 20th century totalitarianism. Based on the version of Lenin’s life told in most history books, his...CONTINUE READING

“We didn’t cross the border – the border crossed us!”

Jerome Small On 1 May 2006, the United States was shaken by the biggest strikes and demonstrations in the history of the country. The US Congress was debating a law that would criminalise a key section of the working class – 11 million undocumented, mostly Spanish-speaking, migrants. In response, immig...CONTINUE READING

How ideas can change in struggle

Sandra Bloodworth Marx argued that the only road to socialism was via workers’ revolution. But he acknowledged that, for most of the time, workers are dominated by capitalist ideas and that “the alteration of people on a mass scale is necessary”. From his experience in workers’ struggles, he concluded that...CONTINUE READING

What is socialism?

The word socialism is the English language’s answer to Madonna: consistently topping the popular charts and maintaining its appeal across generations and among ever changing new audiences. It is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the seventh most looked up English word of all ti...CONTINUE READING

The lies they tell about the Russian Revolution

Corey Oakley The Russian revolution may have taken place nearly a century ago, but attacks on it continue. In school history courses, academia, and in popular culture there is an ongoing attempt to discredit the revolution and its leaders, and to establish that Stalinism was the inevitable outcome of t...CONTINUE READING

How Pauline Hanson was stopped

Tess Lee Ack Pauline Hanson burst onto the political scene in the federal election of March 1996. Over the next few years, she attempted to mobilise and lead a racist movement that targeted Indigenous people and immigrants, particularly Asians. As the Liberal candidate for the Queensland seat of Oxley,...CONTINUE READING

How a union saved the city

Liz Ross Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market is up for World Heritage listing. The city’s lord mayor, Liberal Party member Robert Doyle, is at the forefront of the campaign extolling the market’s virtues and its 138-year history. What you won’t find anywhere in the lord mayor’s talking points...CONTINUE READING

Nationalism versus internationalism

Ben Hillier, Diane Fieldes It is rare to meet anyone whose world view is not framed by nationalism in one way or another. This is hardly surprising. The world is constructed on national lines: nation states, national languages, national education systems and national laws. We have national parliaments and therefore...CONTINUE READING