The road to a police state: how 'anti-terrorism' is destroying democracy

Vashti Kenway In 1956, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote the short story “Minority Report”. In it, a shadowy government agency known as “pre-crime” arrests people in anticipation of crimes they suspect individuals will commit in the future. What appears as a dystopian fictional nightmare in 19...CONTINUE READING

Gender and capitalism

April Holcombe “Is it a boy or a girl?” Before we take our first breath, society sets out a path that we must follow. Before we know our own name, others presume to know a whole lot about us. If our parents don’t know already, the midwife will glance down between our tiny legs and immediately assign a se...CONTINUE READING

Panama Papers show that capitalism is working perfectly

Ben Hillier One law firm, working for over 40 years with more than 14,000 banks, lawyers and incorporating authorities, set up more than 200,000 off-shore shell corporations to enable mass tax avoidance by rich people and large corporations around the world. Some of the details now have been widely-re...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s rebel heritage of poetry and song

Mark Gregory Ballads like this one published in Borough, London, by the famous printer HP Such, had been sold on the streets of the towns and cities from which convicts were transported to Australia from the First Fleet onwards. This street literature was hawked for less than a penny and was sung, or “...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s manifesto for militarism

Tom Bramble The Turnbull government’s new defence white paper, released in early March, represents the most significant escalation of Australia’s military ambitions outside a major war. At the heart of the white paper is a lengthy shopping list of new military hardware, what it calls “the largest defe...CONTINUE READING

Parliamentary circus is a distraction from a sick system

Ben Hillier The Lord’s Prayer is read at the beginning of each sitting of the federal parliament. It’s a prayer for sustenance, guidance, tolerance and forgiveness for those approaching moments when the honourable members will stray from their allegedly righteous path. Perusing the scriptures, there a...CONTINUE READING

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