From invasion to resistance

Tom O’Lincoln Across a vast stretch of northern Australia, extending at least from Borroloola to the Kimberley, Aborigines tell the tale of a murderous white man. He stands for whites in general, and is seen as an invader. According to Hobbles Danaiyairi, a Yarralin man in the Northern Territory, quoted...CONTINUE READING

What is exploitation?

Kim Doyle Figures released in the ACTU October 2013 Economic Bulletin show that Australian workers produce, on average, $US53 per hour they work. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get paid $53 per hour. So where does that money go? The difference between the amount you produce and the amount you g...CONTINUE READING

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn spoke her own piece

Vashti Kenway “The train on which I write rushes by factories where murder instruments are made for gold. I would be ashamed to be patriotic of such a country. In the black smoke belched from their chimneys, I see the ghostly faces of dead workers – our poor, deluded slain brothers. I reaffirm my faith,...CONTINUE READING

‘Hats off to the textile workers!’

Phoebe Kelloway Phoebe Kelloway continues our series of articles on rebel women in Australian working class history with the story of a militant Depression-era textile strike. Wildcat strikes were the last thing textile mill bosses expected when they cut wages in August 1932. It was the middle of the Grea...CONTINUE READING

Reviving a revolutionary tradition – Poland 1980-1981

Liz Ross In 1980, mass revolt rocked Poland. The movement for genuine socialism was alive and well even under brutal Stalinist dictatorship, writes Liz Ross . Young activists smuggled protest posters into the workplace, holding huddled meetings, planning action. Then on 14 August 1980 came walkouts...CONTINUE READING

Ahmad Fo’ad Nijm (1929–2013): revolutionary hero

Jameela Jubran “Build up your palaces in the farming fields From our own sweat and toil And unleash your dogs [to attacks us] in the streets Build pubs beside factories and prisons in place of parks… Nevermind, we found our path.” This is a song written by the poet Ahmad Fo’ad Nijm. It was sung by him an...CONTINUE READING

The contradictions of Christianity

Diane Fieldes “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? … Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless . “[We live...CONTINUE READING

Books, TV, Films: summer suggestions

Rjurik Davidson Summer is a time for big projects, for big books, long movies and intense television. Below are projects that Red Flag readers might like to take on. Each is a fine stand-alone project, but I’ve suggested works that complement each other thematically. I’ve chosen to focus on meditations on...CONTINUE READING

Studies find class affects the brain

Robin Laycock Australian workers are experiencing greater levels of stress, according to a new Australian Psychological Society report. Seventy-five percent of respondents to the third “Stress and wellbeing in Australia” survey claimed that stress is having an impact on their physical health; 68 percent...CONTINUE READING