What is socialism?

Rick Kuhn We are all socialists now”, said sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt, later a senior British government minister, in 1887. Newsweek carried the front page headline “We’re all socialists now” in 2009. Both the politician and the publication were vehement defenders of capit...CONTINUE READING

‘I’m part of the union!’ How the Builders Labourers Federation set the benchmark

Liz Ross You don’t get me, I’m part of the union, Till the day I die! The Strawbs’ hit “I’m part of the union” became an instant union anthem when it was released in 1973, a time of mass workers’ struggle around the world. You’ll still hear it today at union rallies and meetings, celebrating victor...CONTINUE READING

Skinheads vs. boneheads: the battle over a working class subculture

Paul DM The image of the skinhead is for many associated with violent neo-Nazis. Footage of shaven-headed thugs covered in nationalist symbols taking to the streets and attacking immigrants, refugees or members of other oppressed groups is all too familiar. Committed to the “fourteen words” (we mu...CONTINUE READING

Why is parliamentary politics so volatile? 

Ben Hillier Australia is one of the most successful capitalist societies in history. An economy with 27 years of uninterrupted growth and relatively high levels of social mobility. A stable bourgeois democracy in which the military is rarely deployed to the streets and where states of emergency are ca...CONTINUE READING

Why do we waste so much on the military?

Eleanor Morley Australian war spending is about $35 billion a year and rising. The military is undergoing a significant rearmament program as imperialist tensions around the world sharpen. A $90 billion naval shipbuilding program is the latest jewel in the crown for defence minister Marise Payne. The Roy...CONTINUE READING

Origins of the IPA

Louise O’Shea 1943. The Victorian capitalist class is in a state of panic. The Chamber of Manufactures creates an employers’ organisation to rescue private enterprise from the political abyss. Seventy-five years later, the Institute of Public Affairs has become one of the most influential think tanks in...CONTINUE READING

Understanding US aggression against North Korea

Kim Bullimore Often called the “forgotten war”, the Korean War (1950-53) holds the dubious honour of being the first armed conflict of the Cold War. It was born out of the division imposed on the Korea peninsula from without – a division that had no legitimacy in the eyes of most Koreans. Varying estima...CONTINUE READING

Big things at Daguragu: Remembering the Gurindji Strike

Tanya McConvell The Gurindji strike is one of the most famous in Australian history. This is an account of life in the strike camp, as remembered by Tanya McConvell, who lived at Daguragu from 1974 to 1977.CONTINUE READING

A history of the culture wars

Tess Lee Ack Australia has an active and influential right wing movement, despite having one of the strongest social democratic movements in the world. Inciting racism against refugees, Indigenous people, African youth and others is their stock in trade, as is promoting “family values” and opposing mar...CONTINUE READING