Tag Archives: socialism

Celebrating October in November

The change from the ancient Julian to the more modern Gregorian calendar in Russia means that we should actually celebrate the anniversary of the October revolution in November. Once you convert the dates, October 25th becomes November 7th – today. Happy centenary of the October revolution. On this day, the authority of state power – […]

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 […]

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 […]

The failure of Syriza is a failure of democracy itself

There are only thirty two surviving complete Greek tragedies known to exist, all written by one of three authors – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides. Yet as of 2015 it is pretty safe to say that a thirty third Greek tragedy has been completed. This one has been written by too many people to name, but it […]

Why left wing people should join/remain in the ALP

A workers’ party without popular support is a phantom and a body without a head. Socialism and/or social democracy cannot be implemented democratically without a workers’ party with mass popular support.  This is, amongst other reasons why I will never leave Labor for organisations such as Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative. The Australian Labor Party […]