Category Archives: Politics and Economics

The ACTU and Globalisation: Not Representative, Effective or Progressive

In 2001 the then Assistant Secretary of the ACTU released a statement on the position of Australia’s peak union body, the ACTU, regarding globalisation. That statement remains the ACTU’s position on the matter, for it remains on the ACTU website … Continue reading

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Knijge Raspleta

Slobodan Antonic, Milosevic: Jos Nije Gotovo, (Beograd, Vukotic Media, 2015). I have quite a few books, and I am fond of those that I had purchased and received as gifts in Belgrade and Sarajevo. I hope to review them. One … Continue reading

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Magisterial New Study on Sociality and Evolution Points to a Link Between Cooperation and Survival

We often forget that one of the most well known exponents of classical anarchism, the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, founded that intellectual discipline we now call “sociobiology.” This fact is of significance for in his Mutual Aid Kropotkin, an anarchist-communist, … Continue reading

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As Atrocities at Our Universities Mount New Forms of Struggle are Needed to Restore the Autonomous University

Almost daily one hears of an account of an atrocity conducted by university management at our increasingly corporatised universities. The Guardian today writes of the case of Dr Paul Frijters at the University of Queensland. It would appear that the … Continue reading

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ANTIFA: The UPF’s Comrade in Arms.

Two events occurred over the last week that are worth contrasting. The first was the appearance of the leader of the far right nationalist group, United Patriots Front, Blair Cottrell, at a rally of dairy farmers on the steps of … Continue reading

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Obama Uses Visit to Hiroshima to Reward Abe for Remilitarising Japan

In order to understand the world, both natural and social, one needs to look beyond appearances. This is especially the case with President Obama, whose uplifting rhetoric is designed to hide a much grubbier reality. The much hailed visit to … Continue reading

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Put the Liberals Last, Then Unsheathe the Strike

As Australia heads to the polls it is worth keeping in mind that all the signal advances made toward a socially just Australia have been accompanied by an upsurge of strikes and labour movement militancy. The great strikes of the … Continue reading

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Why the Efficient Market Hypothesis is Correct

According to neoclassical free market economics, which has it that markets know best, markets are efficient as they incorporate all available information. In particular, financial markets are efficient and they are not prone to mania, bubbles, and spectacular crashes. This … Continue reading

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Secular Stagnation and Neoliberalism: Turnbull Sets the Stage for Post Election Slash and Burn

I myself after the handing down of a federal budget like to focus on the macroeconomic discussion and projections that appear in the budget papers, of which I will have more to say in the coming days. I like to … Continue reading

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The Social Contract and the Neoliberal State: Problems of Obligation and Resistance

The problem of political obligation is a, if not the, central issue of political philosophy. The problem is to offer rational justifications for the state in the face of the philosophical anarchist charge that authority is not self justified. If … Continue reading

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