What do we mean by socialism?

“Corus does not make steel. It makes money.” Sir Brian Moffat, chairman of one of the largest steel companies in the world (Corus), was nothing if not honest as he announced mass sackings in 2001. His frank comment highlights the truth about capitalism – production is motivated by profit,...CONTINUE READING
Yakov Sverdlov

Yakov Sverdlov, the imperious chairman

Alex Chklovski Few people have heard of Yakov Sverdlov, the brilliant Bolshevik organiser. But he is important. Without Sverdlov, the Russian Revolution might not have succeeded. And without people like him, no revolution will succeed. Sverdlov was a practical revolutionary – taking seriously Marx’s maxi...CONTINUE READING

Melbourne’s cabinet makers

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

What will it take to revive our union movement?

Jerome Small As we lurch towards a likely Abbott landslide, Jerome Small takes stock of the union movement Despite the huffing of the conservative press, unions have made few gains under Gillard. Very little of the ground lost under Howard’s WorkChoices laws has been recovered. The biggest resources bo...CONTINUE READING

The role of the socialist press

John Percy Red Flag builds on a long tradition of socialist publications. Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin drummed into his supporters in “Where to Begin?”, written in 1901, the role of the newspaper as “scaffolding” in building an organisation: “The role of a newspaper … is not limited solely to...CONTINUE READING