A new world disorder

Ben Hillier Things used to be different. For more than 70 years, the generally accepted position within the United States ruling class was that the country would stand at the apex of a Western order governed by treaties and institutions that advance the general interest of all states involved, the US...CONTINUE READING

How workers won penalty rates

Mick Armstrong The Turnbull government’s backing of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to slash penalty rates for Sunday and public holiday work is the latest round in a long battle over a key working condition. The struggle for decent penalty rates in Australia goes back at least as far as the campaign...CONTINUE READING

Paul Robeson’s extraordinary life

Allyson Hose On 12 June 1956, Paul Robeson faced the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) as part of an investigation into the use of passports “in the furtherance of the objectives of the Communist conspiracy”. Things did not go quite as the committee intended. In round after round of “verbal...CONTINUE READING

Was Lenin a despot or a democrat?

Sadia Schneider The cliché of the authoritarian Lenin has become so common that the vast majority of writers repeat the mantra without feeling compelled to cite any evidence at all. Recycling a few hacked up, decontextualised quotes suffices. The mirror image of this caricature is the Stalinist conception...CONTINUE READING

Russia 1917 A radical workers’ democracy comes to life

Sandra Bloodworth The outbreak of revolution throughout Russia in February 1917 brought millions of people who previously had little say over politics right to the centre of political life. Historian Rex Wade describes how masses of people “burst forth with a dazzling display of self-assertiveness, public m...CONTINUE READING

Why radical change is not an impossible dream

Daniel Taylor To be a radical in Australia today, one must confront a daunting reality. To transform society, we must overcome powerful institutions designed to hold back social change. To do so, we need a mass socialist movement, harnessing our collective power to a project of fundamental social change...CONTINUE READING

An International Women’s Day to remember

Louise O’Shea International Women’s Day hasn’t always been about corporate lunches and worthy pontificating by stuffy politicians. One hundred years ago, it started a revolution. Not a revolution in anti-ageing cream or stain remover like the sort we’re used to, but a generalised uprising of workers and...CONTINUE READING

The truth about the Iraq war

Tom Bramble President Trump and his cronies are masters of “alternative facts”. But they’re not the first. Fifteen years ago, the offices of president George W. Bush, British prime minister Tony Blair and Australian PM John Howard ran a sustained propaganda campaign to justify the pending invasion and...CONTINUE READING

Fair Work and the horrible history of arbitration

Tom Bramble The cuts to penalty rates by the Fair Work Commission are not the first anti-working class decisions taken by this body and they won’t be the last. The Fair Work Commission and its predecessor organisations have for more than a century attacked workers’ wages, undermined conditions of empl...CONTINUE READING