Tag Archives: political philosophy

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 […]

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 […]

The Sorry State of Israel’s Democracy

It is a turbulent time in Israel. The government, only weeks ago was trying to re-shape the nature of Israel’s democracy – to make it even less multicultural – and now the coalition government has collapsed, with elections called for March. These unpredictable events have their origins in the flare up of the Palestinian- Israeli conflict […]

Legalise drugs

Drugs – by which I mean currently illicit recreational drugs like marijuana, ecstacy, LSD and the like – should be legalised and regulated, and they should be done so with some urgency because every day the war on drugs continues the problem gets worse. Philosophically it seems to me fairly obvious that many if not […]

Abbott’s radical manifesto.

Well today is May Day. International Workers Day. It has been a long time in Australia since May Day has served as an actual call to arms, but today is that day. Today May Day reminds us of how important Labor governments are. Today May Day reminds us how working people must organise and fight […]

The Case against Private Schools

Education is a good like few others. In our society, we tend to say that if you want more of a good and you have the money to buy more, then that is your prerogative. If you want another car or TV and you got the cash then good on ya. Go for it. If […]

Why Liberty is a Left Wing Concept.

In my last article – A Defence of Generation Y – I hailed under 30s as the freedom generation. I copped a bit of flack from fellow lefties who see individual liberty as a right wing concept; something that lies at odds with solidarity and equality. Let me clarify why left wing people should care […]

A Defence of Generation Y

I am so sick of the unrelenting criticism of Gen Y that comes from old fogeys in articles like this one or in anything that comes out of Peter Hitchens’ mouth (he apparently believes that society itself will collapse once Gen Yers and the values they represent take over). So here is my defence of a […]

Mandela was a radical, and that’s a good thing.

Nelson Mandela was a radical revolutionary, for a time a secret member of the South African Communist Party, and inspired by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July movement he founded the MK (Spear of the Nation), a guerrilla group which set off scores of bombs and probably killed at least 100 people over the course of […]

The Responsibility to Protect

I have seen a lot of left wing commentary opposed to western military action in Syria. Here’s one example. Well, I really hope Bush hasn’t made all lefties isolationists. We live in a globalised world that is, as Marx recognised, divided yes by culture but largely by arbitrary national borders. As left wing people we […]