Populism Politics : The Defeat of Reason

This is one of the most terrible days I can remember of my almost 70 years alive. I have long been disturbed by the dumbing-down of the population and the impact of neoliberal economics and globalisation on our own and other nations. We have seen the 1% reach ownership of over 50% of the World’s wealth and their piece of the pie continues to grow. At the same time, in…

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Adding insult to injury : unemployment in Australia

Unemployment is, for most, a devastating experience. Paid work is essential for most people, simply because without it, they are unlikely to have the funds to house, feed, and clothe themselves and their families or dependents. Leaving aside the economics, however, the reality is that human beings NEED to work. For most, if not all, work enhances life. It provides stimulation and challenge, an opportunity to learn and develop skills,…

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Labor has not backflipped on corporate tax cuts. Here are the facts …

Much has been made of Labor’s apparent ‘backflip’ on corporate tax cuts. But the party has held a fairly consistent position in opposition as evidence mounts that tax cuts may not be all they’re cracked up to be Source: Labor has not backflipped on corporate tax cuts. Here are the facts | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

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Why free money beats bullshit jobs | Fusion

It is so good to come across an article such as this – so good to see that at least some people have recognised that current social and economic structures are already failing us and that developing new ones is the only way that we can survive in an effective way. Our present ethos is built around the notion of paid work or employment as crucial to a society’s health….

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Marxism Today: the forgotten visionaries whose ideas could save Labour

Our World is under the control of neo-liberal, right wing, conservative power brokers. They comprise wealthy individuals, global corporations and polically powerful heads of government. “Socialism” is a dirty word. “Marxism” is unmentionable. Yet so much of the World’s disadvantage, poverty, injustice and perversion can reasonably be demonstrated as attributable to capitalist economy and the politics of conservatism and the right wing. In most rich democracies, the political left is…

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If you live in a sewer, there’s not much to do but throw effluent…

It seems that Tony Abbott & his ministers are stuck so far down in the sewer that they can’t find their way out. Instead, they just throw effluent out at anyone who has the audacity to ask them why they chose to go down there and stay there despite the unhealthy atmosphere and smell. The Trade Union Royal Commission is nothing but a witch hunt. The LNP and its backers,…

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The New Censorship – Career blackmail or Totalitarianism by stealth

A perhaps not new but certainly increasingly used and brazen form of speech control is taking place in the Australia of today. We have now seen several examples of media employees being sacked, apparently for having personal views of which their employer disapproves. It would be questionable behaviour for this to happen within the work environment unless it involved some deliberate or unethical sabotage of the role in which they…

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