Sci-fi not so fictional in our abusive capitalist world

John Scott A common theme of paranoid, visionary science fiction writer Philip K. Dick was the manipulation of reality by the powerful to suppress any undesirable tendencies toward self-emancipation by the masses, through drugs ( The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and A Scanner Darkly ), gambling...CONTINUE READING

Helen Razer’s total Marxist propaganda for the young and not-so-young

Corey Oakley Helen Razer, it is probably fair to say, is not your average Marxist. For starters, she’s much more entertaining than most of us. Plenty of Marxists have pointed out that the old guy didn’t just criticise capitalism, but also recognised its revolutionary element. Razer is the first I’ve he...CONTINUE READING

Only a fool or a liar would accept the Saudi ‘reform’ story

Omar Hassan The US alliance with Saudi Arabia has been something of an embarrassment for the political establishment for years now, what with the Saudi monarchy’s total hostility to the most basic democratic freedoms, its ultra-bigoted policies targeting women and religious minorities and the country’...CONTINUE READING

Cheap and easy consultation still too much for a racist government

Diane Fieldes The “Uluru statement from the heart”, produced by a meeting of several hundred Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in late May, put the final nail in the coffin of the billion dollar bullshit of the “Recognise” campaign. This rejection – most forcefully by the minority of radicals who...CONTINUE READING

The kids are all right

Belle Gibson In the first week of November, Australia’s biggest mining conference, the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), was held in Melbourne. IMARC was a chance for thousands of greedy mining magnates and their accomplices to rub shoulders, schmooze and scheme about the most effi...CONTINUE READING

The left should pause before embracing euthanasia laws

Corey Oakley In a decent society, euthanasia would be a basic civil right. More than that, a decent society would consider control over your own death to be as important as, and interconnected with, control over your own life. The problem is, we don’t live in a decent society. We live in a society in w...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

Hey Cory. The Tsarist Duma condemned the Bolsheviks in 1907. Look how that worked out

Con Karavias Cory Bernardi moved in the Senate to condemn the Australian National University Socialist Alternative club for celebrating the centenary of the Russian Revolution. On 18 October, he drew attention to the event and called on the Senate to “reject any assertion that the teachings of Lenin an...CONTINUE READING

George Orwell’s nightmare is becoming a reality

Mick Armstrong It is bad enough when Malcolm Turnbull, in yet another attempt to outflank Tony Abbott to the right, exploits hysteria about the supposed terrorist threat to introduce a further round of police state laws. It is even more appalling when we have the supposedly left wing Victorian Labor prem...CONTINUE READING