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Reflections on the Summer of Love

Well it’s officially winter here in Melbourne. Which means it’s summer in the northern hemisphere. And this summer is the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love. Throughout 2017 I have been emphasising the centenary of the Russian revolution as the seminal event in the history of left-wing politics. It is interesting that exactly fifty […]

An April Thesis 2017

One hundred years ago last week, Vladimir Lenin arrived at the Finland Station in what was then known as Petrograd. The violent and incompetent despot, Tsar Nicholas II, had been forced to step down following mass popular demonstrations. He was replaced by a Provisional Government who instituted liberal reforms that even by Lenin’s admission made […]

Happy International Women’s Day – Long Live the Revolution

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – a celebration of women and feminism with radical socialist roots. Exactly one hundred years ago tomorrow, International Women’s Day brought about the first Russian revolution. Exactly one hundred years ago tomorrow, the women of Russia brought down a tyrant. So, let us celebrate women and the revolutionary history of […]

A Liberal Case for Revolution

As we enter 2017, the centenary of the Russian revolution, the world once again stands at a crossroads. Political and economic systems are being challenged from all sides. And they should be challenged. It seems clear though, that the kind of challenge required depends on the context. If I’m honest with myself, in the context […]

What is to be Done? Part 2

The left have a serious problem if increasing numbers of voters are switching their vote from Democrat to Republican because of class issues. Trump managed to channel class-based fury in a way that Democrats haven’t in a very long time. The number of voters earning under $50,000 who voted Republican went up by a whopping […]

What is to be Done? Part 1

The election of Donald Trump is undoubtedly a disaster for the global left. Left of centre parties find themselves in opposition across the west. In the UK, Europe, Australia and now the USA, reactionary governments have responded to the twenty first century crisis in capitalism with austerity and xenophobia. Division and uncertainty reign supreme. Trump […]

Against the Plebiscite

Poor old Malcolm in the middle. He’s stuck between his quickly evaporating conscience and the conservative base of the Liberal Party. Too clever by half, he thought sticking with the proposed same sex marriage plebiscite (an official poll of all citizens on the question of same sex marriage) would enable him to successfully walk the […]