The fraud of Stalinism

Daniel Taylor Stalinism is experiencing a small revival. For now, it is greatly exaggerated online, where many of the popular socialist meme pages are as devoted to praising gulags and North Korea’s nuclear missile program as they are to denouncing capitalism. But as the imagery and politics of Stalinis...CONTINUE READING

Backlash after Monash University slashes arts funding

Daniel Taylor The trouble at Monash began at 9am on the first morning of semester. New students enrolled in the popular first-year Introduction to International Relations unit arrived for class, only to find themselves in a silent and abandoned lecture theatre. To deal with overcrowded lectures, the adm...CONTINUE READING

The fight over free speech on campus

Daniel Taylor On university campuses around the world, “free speech” is becoming the favourite slogan of the right, sure to be raised during campus political controversies. The Spectator, a magazine whose political allegiance sits somewhere between Tony Abbott and Richard Spencer, writes of a “free spee...CONTINUE READING

Vale David Feeney. Nah, lol

Daniel Taylor Few will mourn the political death of David Feeney, the amnesiac Labor backbencher who has now fallen to Section 44. Feeney’s career in the House of Representatives produced only two moments of heroic distinction. First, during the 2016 federal election, when Labor was aggressively campaig...CONTINUE READING

How not to remember the Russian Revolution

Daniel Taylor On 7 November, the world marked 100 years since the Russian Revolution: the brief seizure of power by a socialist workers’ movement that showed millions that a better world is possible. The centenary is both an inspiring occasion and a sobering one. Inspiring because it reminds us that the...CONTINUE READING

Right wing takeover of Monash Student Association

Daniel Taylor Right wing students have taken over the Monash Student Association (MSA), a bastion of the broad left for decades. In the annual MSA elections, a conservative group won a landslide victory, gaining around 60 percent of the vote for most positions. It is a decisive shift in the politics of...CONTINUE READING

On the socialist path with Bolshevik Bill

Daniel Taylor When do you begin to pity a Liberal government? When it has to ask the High Court whether it exists at all? Or when its last argument in its own favour is that if Bill Shorten takes over, he will establish a communist dictatorship based on absolute equality enforced with brutal violence? T...CONTINUE READING

Why Albo’s no Jez

Daniel Taylor For an ashen-faced bureaucrat who has spent 20 years quietly decaying in the House of Representatives, Anthony Albanese displays a stunning capacity to fire the imaginations of certain demographics. He is “Hot Albo” on the internet when a 30-year-old photograph of him with an earring inspi...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