Two apartheid states, two massacres

Mick Armstrong On 21 March 1960, the apartheid state of South Africa carried out one of its most notorious massacres, unleashing murderous fire on 5,000 Blacks gathered outside the police station in Sharpeville. They were protesting against the racist Pass Laws, which severely restricted the movement of...CONTINUE READING

Change the Rules: biggest union demonstration in more than a decade 

Mick Armstrong Central Melbourne was shut down today by the largest union demonstration since the campaign against John Howard’s WorkChoices legislation. Both the Herald Sun and the Age report that up to 100,000 marched in the Change the Rules rally. There were large turnouts from the construction union,...CONTINUE READING

Tax cuts arguments are economic blackmail

Mick Armstrong One of the main arguments put forward in favour of massive tax cuts for big business – including billions for the banks whose nefarious practices are being exposed by the royal commission – is that if they aren’t given a tax cut, they will refuse to invest or will take their money offshore...CONTINUE READING

What happened to Bernie Sanders?

Mick Armstrong It is easy to despair about Donald Trump’s America. The most reactionary president in modern US history has survived more than a year in office and maintains a significant base of support. Surrounded by a sea of far right and semi-fascist advisers, Trump pumps out vile tweets threatening n...CONTINUE READING

The private health insurance scam

Mick Armstrong Private health insurance is a monumental rip-off that does nothing to deliver better health outcomes. Quite the opposite – it serves only to undermine public health. The only outcome the health insurance parasites are concerned about is the health of their bottom lines. Money desperately n...CONTINUE READING

Anti-African racism just the latest desperate attempt to divide us

Mick Armstrong There is nothing new about the appalling racist campaign against African youth being waged in Victoria. Back in 2007, a young Sudanese teenager was assaulted with a broken bottle and racially abused. What was the response of then immigration minister Kevin Andrews? He used this racist atta...CONTINUE READING

The collapsing centre poses urgency of building a new left

Mick Armstrong World politics continues to be framed by the backwash from the 2007-08 global financial crisis, which discredited the neoliberal agenda that has dominated the whole political and economic framework of the advanced capitalist countries over the last 30 years. The neoliberal centre – mainstr...CONTINUE READING

Clinton gave us Trump, the ABC gave her a shoulder to cry on

Mick Armstrong Sarah Ferguson’s puff piece interview with Hillary Clinton on the ABC’s Four Corners program was yet another pathetic attempt by the mainstream media to prop up this failed icon of the liberal establishment. Ferguson never once put Clinton on the spot over her bankrupt neoliberal political...CONTINUE READING

What Marxists say about religious freedom

Mick Armstrong Defence of religious freedom is the war cry of No campaigners. It is a cynical attempt by the likes of Tony Abbott, John Howard, Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi to divert the debate away from the core issue of the democratic right of same sex couples to be married in a civil ceremony. Civil m...CONTINUE READING