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» 9/12/2018 9:04:38 PM Armchair Critic ; Ideally I would like socialism ; genuine socialism ; what I would call a.....
» 8/12/2018 8:19:38 PM Sometimes what people call 'PC' is just social pressure to treat other human beings decent.....
» 7/12/2018 10:59:35 AM Armchair Critic ; A strong welfare state and social wage, as well as a democratic mixed ec.....
» 6/12/2018 3:04:27 PM Armchair Critic ; As you recognise that $80 billion would be in the context of $1.6 trilli.....
» 8/01/2018 11:42:54 AM I don't know that Peter should be so sweepingly denying "the eternal" or the &qu.....
» 25/12/2017 10:12:09 AM Hi Banjo ; But there's a difference between self-awareness on the one hand ; and mere prog.....
» 23/12/2017 9:02:20 PM I agree that the death penalty is another form of murder - no matter how bad the crime ; o.....
» 23/12/2017 10:40:45 AM leoj ; no I didn't mention indigenous religious belief specifically. I should have. Insofa.....
» 22/12/2017 8:31:47 PM David F ; The Vatican tried diplomatic measures with Hitler it's true. Hitler had backed F.....
» 22/12/2017 7:06:37 PM Thankyou NNS. Alan ; I think you mean "Depository". :).....
» 22/12/2017 6:00:48 PM Thanks ; I appreciate the sentiment :).....
» 22/12/2017 10:26:38 AM ttbn ; PLS Read the WHOLE article through and you will see that the article is 'pro-Christ.....
» 21/12/2016 1:14:07 PM though Allied strategic bombing was far more intensive and killed many more people (many h.....
» 21/12/2016 8:29:12 AM The difference between Lenin and Stalin was that one (Lenin) implemented the Terror becaus.....
» 20/12/2016 4:36:58 PM Thanks for the Christmas well-wishes. Its appreciated to keep that in mind this time of ye.....
» 20/12/2016 3:51:03 PM J Bowyer ; What do you make of Churchill sinking the French fleet then? Or even the strate.....
» 20/12/2016 8:46:44 AM Shadow Minister ; I know about this ; But check the Wikipedia entry on the Hanging Order a.....
» 16/12/2016 9:23:34 AM Well it was Stalin who decided to 'liquidate' the Kulaks ; and took this to the point of l.....
» 13/12/2016 6:08:17 PM Also if the Bolsheviks had not 'stolen' grain at gunpoint - and had turned the other way o.....
» 13/12/2016 6:05:37 PM I'm not dismissing it lightly at all ; I agree the Bolsheviks can be seen as sharing the b.....
» 11/12/2016 12:37:24 PM Yes but a couple of points: Ok I take your point that the numbers of Foreign intervention.....
» 8/12/2016 4:18:27 PM War Communism was arguably a mistake ; the extreme context was not enough food to go aroun.....
» 7/12/2016 10:01:02 PM Many Kulaks were executed for hoarding grain while people were starving to death in the re.....
» 7/12/2016 3:32:43 PM Shadow Minister ; Did Lenin literally "kill four million people" or did that hap.....
» 6/12/2016 7:31:25 PM Without going into details I don't support 'criminal activities' in the usual sense of the.....
» 6/12/2016 5:30:23 PM re: Confidentiality agreements - would you hold your tongue if you WERE confronted with ge.....
» 6/12/2016 5:25:40 PM Lenin did not commit genocide ; what he did do was to behave utterly ruthlessly when confr.....
» 5/12/2016 6:04:38 PM also re: Lenin - Its a difficult topic ; He did and said many things I disagreed with. But.....
» 5/12/2016 5:21:54 PM Nordic States still have very substantial welfare states and public sectors. And arguably .....
» 5/12/2016 5:15:47 PM There are protections in 18D that almost no-one ever talks about. You have to view 18C in .....
» 4/12/2016 6:00:40 PM Shadow Minister ; Ok continuing - Yes its arguable that Russia's domination of the Easter.....
» 4/12/2016 5:45:34 PM Shadow Minister ; Look a little more closely at social democratic history. Social Democ.....
» 4/12/2016 10:18:05 AM Also remember the Social Democrats were amongst the first to fight for free, universal and.....
» 4/12/2016 10:15:42 AM Shadow Minister; Western liberal democracy 'delivered' for several reasons: a) It was un.....
» 3/12/2016 4:40:21 PM Shadow Minister: As a left social democrat (or liberal democratic socialist) I support lib.....
» 3/12/2016 1:21:43 PM Shadow Minister ; Tell me why is it that liberal rights are speech, association and assemb.....
» 30/11/2016 11:15:52 AM sorry typo - should have read "total mobilisation of WWII" ;.....
» 30/11/2016 11:14:28 AM Marx was right a lot of the time. Right on the business cycle ; on alienation ; on the de.....
» 29/11/2016 6:32:34 PM though yes Marx also consider at times Terror may be necessary - as with the French revolu.....
» 29/11/2016 6:02:05 PM The problem is that commentators in this thread view liberal rights as inviolable - but th.....
» 29/11/2016 4:05:26 PM Old Man ; It tells me some people were being oppressed and tried to escape ; at no point d.....
» 29/11/2016 12:32:57 PM Calwest ; "left wing" does not mean "cultural relativist" ; I accept t.....
» 29/11/2016 12:07:52 PM The point is that I accept Castro had his bad side ; I refer to his failings ; But this ha.....
» 29/11/2016 11:28:15 AM Calwest, you still have nothing to say about US client regimes in the region during the Co.....
» 28/11/2016 1:45:12 PM re: Popular support for the Cuban Govt: Here's an article showing over half a million mobi.....
» 28/11/2016 12:29:51 PM Calwest; For the record, 'arguably' is not to deny harassment, imprisonments and extrajud.....
» 28/11/2016 11:29:54 AM A friend of mine also pointed out that Castro severely harassed sexual minorities for a ti.....
» 28/11/2016 11:11:43 AM Has-been ; The article points to the human rights abuses. Castro had his 'good side' and h.....
» 2/10/2016 5:04:15 PM also I have no interest in people 'being killed' as Jardine puts it ; But he didn't seem t.....
» 2/10/2016 5:01:08 PM Also there needs to be a balance between 'the public good' pursued by government - and ind.....
» 2/10/2016 4:55:35 PM Jardine seems to hail from the Hayekian extreme of right-wing politics. Anyone done in the.....
» 2/10/2016 11:18:41 AM He's popular because he promises to save or protect jobs. He has a chance because many wor.....
» 1/10/2016 10:37:47 AM Do you think Trump is going to do all these things ; I'm not saying Clinton is ideal ; but.....
» 30/09/2016 2:05:39 PM Has-been ; Trump has said effectively he will cut corporate tax by half ; Just where the m.....
» 29/09/2016 11:48:32 AM problem is that it really does come down to a matter of 'the lesser evil' ; Trump would de.....
» 28/09/2016 8:17:02 PM most read article at this point ; but only one comment. Wonder why? Any opinions out there.....
» 13/07/2016 1:37:19 PM Also Runner ; Christian and Jewish teachings implore us to care for the vulnerable. Christ.....
» 13/07/2016 1:29:04 PM LEGO ; There are workers on minimum or too-close to minimum wage. Child care workers, aged.....
» 12/07/2016 7:19:36 PM Also I don't see that the word 'welfare' should be taken as an insult - unless you're a ri.....
» 12/07/2016 7:08:23 PM Yes I had thought of that already - that Sweden is less than half the (population) size of.....
» 12/07/2016 1:06:07 PM Runner - if a welfare system can cushion people against 'the hard realities of life' maybe.....
» 12/07/2016 12:55:18 PM About $250 Billion is owned by various Australian governments. About $750 Billion is PRIVA.....
» 11/07/2016 5:47:18 PM Runner I'm not singling out Christians per se for attack. As I said I'm a Christian myself.....
» 11/07/2016 2:05:33 PM Alan B. I agree there's been opportunism on both sides this election. Just look to the ina.....
» 11/07/2016 12:48:19 PM The truth is that Turnbull led the way in making about $1.5 billion in cuts to Aged Care -.....
» 11/07/2016 12:13:38 PM Runner, the point of that part of the article was exactly that compassionate Christians sh.....
» 31/05/2016 12:06:31 PM Sure getting rid of state govts would save a lot of resources ; but what price democracy? .....
» 5/03/2016 8:20:44 AM Also If you want more pensioners to take up work - even if they're only capable of working.....
» 5/03/2016 8:15:50 AM SAINTS see the following: "So far there’s not much evidence welfare fraud is out of .....
» 1/03/2016 8:56:52 AM BTW continuing from before - in response to your points mental illness has always been wit.....
» 1/03/2016 8:54:38 AM SAINTS ; See here re university dropouts - the rate of which is actually increasing - prob.....
» 29/02/2016 4:12:47 PM also Aiden - You say you don't want to subvert democracy through political strike action.......
» 29/02/2016 4:08:13 PM Aiden ; Its true that because we have the legacy of centralised wage fixing that our minim.....
» 27/02/2016 4:39:44 PM Aiden ; though some workers are so industrially weak that solidarity through Secondary Boy.....
» 27/02/2016 10:20:01 AM Aiden I think Swan did a reasonably good job. He promised to get back to surplus, though -.....
» 26/02/2016 11:49:01 AM re: Gonski and NDIS if there is a problem with funding it is due to the necessity for tax .....
» 26/02/2016 11:35:55 AM Cal, resorting to abuse like that is usually what people resort to when they're not able t.....
» 25/02/2016 3:41:10 PM Aiden they will miss out on future opportunities to exploit negative gearing. Though you'r.....
» 25/02/2016 11:33:04 AM Rehctub ; No I'm not saying they won't be affected at all. Probably this will prevent the.....
» 23/02/2016 10:27:30 AM An Iraqi Sunni state is not the answer. But a non-sectarian multi-cultural government of n.....
» 23/02/2016 10:25:25 AM Bazz the point is that they had to fork out $7 billion JUST to access pits and wires... Th.....
» 22/02/2016 3:13:37 PM Bazz yes you're right they couldn't get cheaper pits etc elsewhere. But that's not the poi.....
» 22/02/2016 3:11:49 PM All this sounds like a great argument to invest in public housing. Though as I said some .....
» 22/02/2016 11:45:58 AM If the privatisations were 'just to pay off massive debts' then look up what our public se.....
» 22/02/2016 9:00:32 AM Has been ; If the issue is capital flight because capitalists want to maximise dividends e.....
» 21/02/2016 8:48:38 AM Rechtub ; And then you should think what its like for a worker slaving on $560 a week ful.....
» 20/02/2016 9:33:41 PM Negative gearing is a subsidy for the top 10 per cent of Australians. Shorten's policy wil.....
» 20/02/2016 9:30:02 PM It's also sad to hear arguments tot he effect: 'we don't have the money for industry polic.....
» 20/02/2016 9:22:37 PM So you oppose care for the Aged and transport infrastructure in new suburbs then do you, C.....
» 19/02/2016 8:00:54 PM Captain Col ; Why would you condemn someone to work on poverty wages when you had the choi.....
» 19/02/2016 5:32:32 PM Shadow Minister - Revenue from winding back Negative Gearing will be small at first but of.....
» 19/02/2016 5:18:06 PM Captain Col wants to reject 'authoritarianism' but presumably supports Work for the Dole -.....
» 19/02/2016 5:05:37 PM In response to those 'Dissing' the public sector and collective consumption for tax genera.....
» 18/02/2016 2:34:24 PM Aiden I am simply saying this ; private (and I should clarify I meant PERSONAL debt) is ou.....
» 18/02/2016 10:46:11 AM Aiden the point is that the public sector and the tax system are withdrawing 'to make room.....
» 18/02/2016 10:20:30 AM Aiden - There's a 'sweet spot' when you arrive at full employment ; and where who provide .....
» 18/02/2016 9:59:41 AM A few points: Firstly welfare states as with the Nordics have broad based collective cons.....
» 15/02/2016 10:35:43 AM nb: the voluntary loss of citizenship would only apply because of the practical problem th.....
» 15/02/2016 10:33:26 AM The answer is a One State Binational Solution based on two Republics in a federation - 'Is.....
» 15/02/2016 8:57:34 AM Surely its possible to 'close the gap' for indigenous peoples in general AND focus on thos.....
» 4/01/2016 4:15:23 PM Peter thankyou for this article ; I found reading it very interesting. I agree that we nee.....
» 3/01/2016 3:18:59 PM Shadow Minister; you're right that the 'new forms of investment' a Marxist by the name of .....
» 3/01/2016 3:07:32 PM Jay ; How can women's liberation not be in the interests of women? ; And how can Internati.....
» 3/01/2016 9:13:10 AM Even though I'm not sure I agree 100 per cent with how Ford handled the situation I do thi.....
» 2/01/2016 3:08:15 PM typos again: "and the basis" should read "on the basis" ; Also I thi.....
» 2/01/2016 3:03:30 PM sorry for typos ; last post should have read "running water" ; on the beach : w.....
» 2/01/2016 11:13:43 AM Shadow Minister - You need to look deeper into Austrian social-democratic history. For the.....
» 2/01/2016 8:46:07 AM Shadow Minister ; Democratic Marxism is such as the pre-WWI German Social Democrats and th.....
» 1/01/2016 2:23:10 PM Jay - it sounds pretty cynical re: your pitch to shooters ; And the old tensions you refer.....
» 1/01/2016 11:54:29 AM Ok Jay a few questions. Why oppose the construction of a mosque in Bendigo when Muslims m.....
» 1/01/2016 10:05:28 AM Jay its not only the 'white working class' we need to concern ourselves with. Its the work.....
» 31/12/2015 3:41:05 PM We make a great deal of multiculturalism in this country. And we make a great deal on the .....
» 31/12/2015 3:21:11 PM Marxism undeservedly has a bad name. Sure there were the Stalinists at the worst extreme ;.....
» 31/12/2015 9:18:00 AM The Nazis referred to their Brown-shirts as a workers' movement too - and you know what th.....
» 30/12/2015 9:46:44 PM But getting back to the point I think Runner is making: He wants to defend the liberal rig.....
» 30/12/2015 9:34:14 PM Runner ; You are probably talking about the confrontations between the far right and the f.....
» 30/12/2015 1:30:05 PM I should clarify, also, that while Labor's policy on corporate tax evasion was stronger th.....
» 30/12/2015 12:49:45 PM I'm a Labor voter rather than a Greens voter. But the inference that Greens policies are '.....
» 12/10/2015 8:12:37 PM Thanks Robert; Though even if you're against raising tax, Superannuation Concessions are a.....
» 12/10/2015 4:45:27 PM I think anti-discrimination legislation can work in tandem with *positive* incentives for .....
» 21/09/2015 2:43:28 PM LEGO - we have very small government in Australia by global standards. To match Swedish le.....
» 17/09/2015 8:57:34 PM What does that mean?.....
» 13/09/2015 12:13:14 PM The USSR wasn't exactly my ideal ; But material living standards were very high in some We.....
» 12/09/2015 11:15:47 AM To clarify: I would agree to balance in academia if I got balance in the mass media in ret.....
» 12/09/2015 10:07:12 AM Aristocrat - In my experience Marxist political economy was being frozen out of academia o.....
» 11/09/2015 8:29:23 PM Hi Rhian ; Ok I'll concede that under Costello there was an increase in middle class welfa.....
» 11/09/2015 4:39:37 PM Rhian ; our Conservatives may not be taking it to the utmost extreme all at once. But they.....
» 11/09/2015 12:04:26 PM How is it that people think 'right-wing economics' 'works' when it leaves a trail of pover.....
» 11/09/2015 11:37:31 AM I consider myself strongly influenced by Marxism ; and I also consider myself interested i.....
» 10/09/2015 6:45:34 PM hi Rhian. I think the opposite is true re: 'Class warfare'. The Conservatives use the term.....
» 10/09/2015 3:39:52 PM Rhian ; The Conservatives label any attempt to enhance progressive redistribution via the .....
» 10/09/2015 11:10:28 AM sorry for the typos btw.....
» 10/09/2015 10:52:54 AM As I said in the QandA thread - the reality is that the politics once espoused by 'Liberal.....
» 10/09/2015 10:06:08 AM Aristocrat: "Defunding" the Humanities and Social Sciences because they don't sa.....
» 8/09/2015 9:41:06 AM jcro makes a point I was thinking of making. 'Extremes' are relative. Many perpsectives of.....
» 7/09/2015 12:42:17 PM As to Abbott's opinions that should be criticised: Punitive welfare; letting the auto indu.....
» 7/09/2015 10:33:03 AM And BTW 'ON The Beach' actually have some sympathy for Latham in the sense that his enemie.....
» 7/09/2015 10:31:31 AM On 7:30 Report, especially with Chris Uhlmann ; Leigh Sales gave the Libs a relatively eas.....
» 18/07/2015 1:36:19 PM JKJ You just can't seem to grasp a nuanced argument. All state power rests in the final .....
» 18/07/2015 11:57:49 AM JKJ if you think the 'political class' in Australia is the 'ruling class' you're kidding y.....
» 18/07/2015 9:54:26 AM BTW you're quite right on most that you say, Emperor Julian. SO thankyou for your comments.....
» 18/07/2015 9:50:51 AM JKJ So now paying your taxes is in the same boat as rape? What was 'not clear cut' is the.....
» 15/07/2015 8:06:06 PM Yes of course JKJ - everyone who isn't at the extreme end of libertarianism is a Stalinist.....
» 15/07/2015 10:50:57 AM JKJ; a) You seem to be equating Swedish social democracy with 'Idi Amin' - that suggests .....
» 14/07/2015 10:37:51 AM JKJ - For many people social relations are always enforced. Workers are forced to accept w.....
» 13/07/2015 4:35:50 PM JKJ - I'm not being contradictory - just nuanced. I don't like exploitation. And I prefer .....
» 12/07/2015 11:36:10 AM M.O; Yes you're right a largely planned economy won the war. There were great gains after .....
» 11/07/2015 8:15:37 PM M.O; No doubt big finance capital operates in an undemocratic way ; and every major intere.....
» 11/07/2015 12:17:06 PM re: Co-ops - they can be more viable also because they don't need to worry about big payme.....
» 11/07/2015 11:05:58 AM JKJ it's common for neo-liberals to suppose they have a monopoly of economic wisdom, and t.....
» 10/07/2015 6:13:06 PM Socialisation means different things to different people. There is the sense in which you .....
» 10/07/2015 5:37:05 PM David, Thankyou for your comments. I think it would be wrong to describe Labor's socialis.....
» 10/07/2015 11:57:47 AM The inflated property market actually suggests the usefulness of a big investment in publi.....
» 10/07/2015 10:29:22 AM JKJ I suggest you read 'Governomics' by Miriam Lyons and Ian McAuley. Therein they explain.....
» 30/06/2015 4:52:02 PM LEGO - How about addressing the actual arguments from the article? You can throw around th.....
» 29/06/2015 9:21:42 PM Ok JKJ I'll buy into it - how am I contradicting myself?.....
» 24/05/2015 1:24:50 PM Loudmouth, I agree that the working class is not inherently and essentially revolutionary......
» 23/05/2015 10:30:32 AM Also Rhian - The economy may be mixed in your book; but the traditional mixed economy that.....
» 23/05/2015 10:20:58 AM Rhian; Then maybe we're arguing at cross-purposes. Because the most important social democ.....
» 21/05/2015 10:54:29 AM Further Rhian; a) Show me where in the Communist Manifesto Marx talks of alliances with s.....
» 21/05/2015 10:42:52 AM Rhian you say 'Its time to leave class war behind': Tell the Liberals that! And tell anyon.....
» 20/05/2015 6:37:14 PM Rhian; The first Social Democrats were Marxists. They were the most ardently democratic mo.....
» 20/05/2015 10:33:31 AM Rhian; no specifically what I said was that in *proportionate* terms wages have fallen ; t.....
» 19/05/2015 8:54:15 PM Rhian just briefly the Austro-Marxists, the German USPD, the left-wing of the German SPD a.....
» 19/05/2015 4:24:36 PM Rhian; Your analysis of Marxism is faulty for what it neglects to mention. Yes the Trotsky.....
» 19/05/2015 12:23:00 PM Marko is right; The decline of class politics has left a large part of Labor's traditional.....
» 8/04/2015 11:15:15 AM Its possible to avoid hitting pensioners unfairly by increasing pensions and easing means .....
» 4/04/2015 9:00:37 AM Dividend imputation means your tax is cut on your dividends to avoid 'double taxation'; ie.....
» 1/04/2015 4:17:11 PM A few points: a) I'm not suggesting we cut Company Tax with the revenue gained from cutti.....
» 30/01/2015 5:26:04 PM It depends how much private debt grows in proportion to the ability to service that debt. .....
» 30/01/2015 4:06:56 PM Aidan - I accept there is a positive aspect to public debt. It is necessary in order to in.....
» 29/01/2015 9:22:30 PM Hasbeen; I agree that the world could get messed up in a big way. But its not because of w.....
» 29/01/2015 4:30:24 PM Hasbeen: Ok I was a bit out on my top-of-the-head estimate. Wikipedia has Australian gover.....
» 29/01/2015 4:11:12 PM And Rhian re: Superannuation concessions: At a rough estimate - If $20 BILLION of superann.....
» 29/01/2015 3:56:05 PM Well Rhian then you're have to include Richard Denniss and John Quiggin as 'moles for the .....
» 14/01/2015 7:22:49 AM JBowyer - Again never tried to justify the murders and if you want offensive you're the on.....
» 13/01/2015 7:09:57 PM JBowyer - There is not anywhere where I excuse Terrorism or murder. I recommend you read t.....
» 13/01/2015 11:11:49 AM BTW working with radical/militant Islam was considered acceptable under Reagan - who funde.....
» 13/01/2015 11:09:28 AM I am making no apologies for militant, fundamentalist, terroristic, radical Islam. I am sa.....
» 2/12/2014 4:07:04 PM That's just saying you've got no substantial response to the point I made, JKJ......
» 2/12/2014 2:37:17 PM JKJ thinks the mixed economy is 'absolute statism'. I guess that makes Menzies an 'absolut.....
» 1/12/2014 7:40:10 PM JKJ: Public finance is more efficient as a consequence of superior credit ratings. Public.....
» 1/12/2014 5:07:21 PM JKJ: Doesn't it make sense to suppose that if governments have provided infrastructure in .....
» 1/12/2014 9:39:20 AM Infrastructure needs to be paid for one way or another. There is no 'magic pudding'; But i.....
» 1/12/2014 9:18:14 AM Chris; And there's some good stuff there; But not much detail on Civics and Citizenship; A.....
» 20/05/2014 9:43:22 AM Arjay - I support restoring an equivalent of the Commonwealth Bank. But the ALP Right - an.....
» 19/05/2014 4:49:29 PM Apprentices wanting to make ends meet will likely pay taxes themselves one day. Like other.....
» 19/05/2014 12:38:15 PM Has been; Re: trades-people supporting apprentices - IN which case the subsidies need to c.....
» 19/05/2014 10:17:58 AM re: Apprentices having no incentive to work because of welfare payments; You would think s.....
» 18/05/2014 4:26:20 PM I am not a career politician. And for the record I support establishing another national p.....
» 18/05/2014 3:51:28 PM ChrisPer cannot tell the difference between radical social democracy and totalitarianism. .....
» 18/05/2014 11:53:51 AM LEGO, I do not 'hate' anyone. But I believe a balance needs to be struck - between reward .....
» 17/05/2014 5:55:27 PM LEGO; You speak of Disability Pension costing what - $15 billion- but make no account for .....
» 17/05/2014 12:00:37 PM Spindoc says I don't really care about or have compassion for the vulnerable; that I would.....
» 17/05/2014 11:10:27 AM Lego talks of a crisis and of 'the country going broke'; But Australian debt is about 12 p.....
» 16/05/2014 5:29:46 PM Sorry I mean $8 billion; and Rhrosty - agree with many of your points - thankyou. :-).....
» 16/05/2014 5:20:22 PM Ok a few points in response.... Yes there should be some financial incentive to develop s.....
» 16/05/2014 11:18:55 AM Chris, blaming Marx or all Marxists for the crimes of Stalin is like blaming Archbishop Ro.....
» 16/05/2014 10:11:08 AM Shadow Minister; a) the 'other peoples' money' argument doesn't wash when its applied to .....
» 9/05/2014 11:40:35 AM Hasbeen: The point I made about staggering repayments of some debt across generations is b.....
» 8/05/2014 6:23:23 PM I had some sympathy with supporting new mothers for at least two years; apart from anythin.....
» 8/05/2014 5:22:48 PM I don't think either religion or ideology in the sense the author explains are 'essentiall.....
» 22/04/2014 7:45:02 PM Dear David; You may not be showing a double standard - but from experience there are many .....
» 21/04/2014 9:34:41 PM David I'm not accusing anyone here personally of having double standards; But I am saying .....
» 21/04/2014 8:28:45 PM While we're calling Lenin a "bastard" let's remember all the world leaders of th.....
» 19/04/2014 9:58:11 PM Hi again David; The idea of 'the state withering away' was not an invention of Marx's to .....
» 19/04/2014 9:17:30 PM David; Here's a quote form Karl Kautsky on the Russian Revolution: "Hitherto Social.....
» 19/04/2014 9:11:39 PM Hi David; Marx also wrote that the state would 'wither away' in the sense that the state.....
» 19/04/2014 6:16:32 PM 'Communism' in the true Marxist sense - that is, not in the Stalinist sense, is no more 'e.....
» 18/04/2014 10:26:34 AM Patriotism to justify oppression. And yet the Libs are resorting to the free speech argume.....
» 17/04/2014 8:31:50 PM BTW if anyone is reading this a Happy Easter to you all......
» 17/04/2014 8:28:44 PM A few points: Was Menzies supporting 'free speech' and 'free association' when he attempt.....
» 17/04/2014 8:16:04 PM Thanks to the author for this interesting article. Arguably 'total work' is connected wit.....
» 15/04/2014 9:24:39 PM Hasbeen: You call "NBN, the NDIS, Gonski" 'luxuries' 'we cannot afford'. But if .....
» 15/04/2014 9:12:21 PM Has been - I don't support 'flat' or 'overall' cuts to Defence - but only a *proportionate.....
» 15/04/2014 12:12:58 PM Ludwig - re: immigration it cuts both ways. Yes immigration means greater strain on infr.....
» 15/04/2014 11:17:50 AM HasBeen - it is considered 'common sense' that 'we are living beyond our means' and that w.....
» 14/04/2014 3:47:41 PM Has been; You say we "cannot afford" the Aged Pension, and presumedly the Disabi.....
» 14/04/2014 12:54:36 PM Thanks Wattle; Richard Denniss points that the top 5% income range benefit largely from .....
» 14/04/2014 11:28:00 AM Wattle, your links don't seem to lead anywhere? Or maybe its a virus or something on my co.....
» 14/04/2014 10:20:03 AM Hi Wattle; Richard Denniss shows that a third of over $40 billion in superannuation tax c.....
» 9/03/2014 10:41:54 AM Do you mean in Bangladesh? Well in that case my ideal scenario would be producer's co-oper.....
» 7/03/2014 10:53:38 AM JKJ; First you can believe in the MECHANISM of surplus value even if you don't believe the.....
» 6/03/2014 7:13:56 PM JKJ tries to make a sweeping dismissal without referring to anything *SPECIFIC* - and as a.....
» 6/03/2014 5:03:29 PM Some Marxist concepts I don't believe in: * Marx's 'labour theory of value' in *unmodifi.....
» 6/03/2014 5:01:45 PM Marxist ideas that remain right: * class struggle a force for progress * Surplus Value - .....
» 5/03/2014 6:42:34 AM JKJ Labour theory of value (Marx) supposes the value of goods can be measured by the amoun.....
» 4/03/2014 8:28:17 AM nb: the point of all this is that Marx's labour theory of value is flawed; I believe he wa.....
» 4/03/2014 8:20:52 AM JKJ To clarify - I believe that all goods are produced by labour; But also depend on the.....
» 3/03/2014 7:11:29 PM "Our social nature" (which you mock; probably mistaking it for 'socialist nature.....
» 3/03/2014 7:04:34 PM Cohenite; Look up Karl Kautsky, Julius Martov, Rosa Luxemburg - and note how they are radi.....
» 3/03/2014 7:01:06 PM Well at least you have a sense of humour! :-).....
» 3/03/2014 12:42:10 PM JKJ apparently hasn't heard of the business cycle, of monopolisation, or the division of l.....
» 2/03/2014 5:31:39 PM Jayb; So I guess you're saying capital and labour, state and civil society, class structur.....
» 2/03/2014 5:20:51 PM Digressing briefly to matters of socialism again; Loudmouth you are right that the ghosts .....
» 2/03/2014 3:20:47 PM Right, Has been; And while we're at it let's tear down all the libraries; ban History and .....
» 2/03/2014 3:04:29 PM Loudmouth; during World War One Britain and France justified their participation in the co.....
» 2/03/2014 12:19:37 PM David; I hope it doesn't come to war in the Ukraine. Even more so I hope it doesn't come t.....
» 1/03/2014 10:21:48 AM Cohenite - Yes there's a progressive side to the competition/modernisation dynamic. It hel.....
» 28/02/2014 6:23:35 PM As I understand Marx's theory is as follows; First there is a tendency towards a falling r.....
» 28/02/2014 4:11:32 PM Cohenite: Ok - free speech, free association, separation of church and state - we're in a.....
» 28/02/2014 3:50:59 PM Shadow Minister: You say labour is nothing without capital; Capital serves a particular f.....
» 28/02/2014 1:17:35 PM Rhian; You say that labour theory of value "has been debunked" and that so has M.....
» 28/02/2014 11:08:39 AM The bottom line is that liberal democracy is best served by pluralism. This means there s.....
» 27/02/2014 7:20:06 PM Oh I forgot the post-Marxists - Mouffe and Laclau; As well as Slavoj Zizek; Then there's C.....
» 27/02/2014 7:17:58 PM JJ: Marxists for today... - off the top of my head - let's see.... Structuralist Marxists.....
» 27/02/2014 7:01:01 PM ShadowMinister points to the diversity of Marxist and Marxist-derived perspectives. He sug.....
» 27/02/2014 12:47:32 PM JKJ wants to label socialism as authoritarian - but wants to destroy the public sphere and.....
» 27/02/2014 12:38:10 PM Rhian: You make a number of observations from a selection of Marxist predictions. Yes Ma.....
» 27/02/2014 11:46:55 AM A few more responses: Andrew Oliver says that he's sympathetic with Popper's critique of.....
» 27/02/2014 11:17:36 AM NB: I am making a correction to my last post here where I wrote: "Finally: That's no.....
» 27/02/2014 8:30:23 AM Hi Chris; Enjoyed reading your article - though a few responses. There may be a 'broadly .....
» 26/02/2014 5:09:24 PM Andrew points to the Popperian critique of Hegel and Marx - because of the dialectical int.....
» 26/02/2014 11:55:45 AM BTW Cohenite: Animal Farm was written by George Orwell - who was a democratic socialist - .....
» 26/02/2014 10:57:02 AM Furthermore JKJ - as to 'what would not be controlled by govt". In short: A lot! Fi.....
» 26/02/2014 10:46:40 AM Spindoc; Andrew Bolt needs to understand Marxism because he is standing in judgment of it......
» 25/02/2014 4:05:08 PM onthebeach - what are you talking about re: 'two warnings left'?? Yours seems to be an an.....
» 25/02/2014 11:25:03 AM It would be great if more people would actually go through the article again and respond t.....
» 25/02/2014 10:20:44 AM BTW Chris Warren; You list Romero in El Salvador. Wasn't Archbishop Romero a liberation th.....
» 25/02/2014 10:18:35 AM Firstly there was the suggestion that Marx would be 'aghast' being characterised as a soci.....
» 24/02/2014 12:39:06 PM SpinDoc - you ask: "Why teach Marxism?"; a) because it is of historical importa.....
» 24/02/2014 10:47:55 AM SpinDoc - What are you talking about? I am open about my politics. You infer my writing 'r.....
» 24/02/2014 10:04:45 AM 'Imajulianutter' - argues I have no criticisms of the totalitarian faux-Marxists - Then wh.....
» 24/02/2014 9:24:55 AM Hundreds of thousands of readers means Bolt's opinions need to be responded to. You can't .....
» 7/02/2014 5:52:25 PM Jardine; To start I don't claim to be any authority on agriculture by a very, very long sh.....
» 5/02/2014 4:46:52 PM Thanks Grim - agree absolutely re: the merits of Mondragon!; On the beach - the differen.....
» 5/02/2014 3:28:31 PM Pericles; You are suggesting that SPC-Ardmona simply cannot be made profitable. That's no.....
» 5/02/2014 10:59:14 AM Pericles argues that SPC-Ardmona cannot survive without being 'a drain on the public purse.....
» 5/02/2014 10:23:21 AM A few brief points: a) How do you make a connection between a fixed exchange rate and pro.....
» 17/01/2014 9:37:51 AM The point is that 'savings' and 'productivity' in health are counter-productive when the q.....
» 15/01/2014 3:55:09 PM The comment about "a huge drop in private health cover" was Shadow Minister's; n.....
» 15/01/2014 2:57:42 PM Shadow Minister: Firstly to begin with we can re-impose the means test rather than utter.....
» 15/01/2014 1:19:23 PM Were it up to me I would go back to the not-for-profit stance re: Medibank Private. That w.....
» 15/01/2014 10:42:24 AM It's true that you can't have fully-fledged 'not for profit' and fully-fledged dividends t.....
» 14/01/2014 2:38:34 PM Pericles it seems you're right that while Abbott plans to remove the means test "as s.....
» 14/01/2014 2:29:43 PM Means tests for pensions are fine - so long as they're fair. You don't want (genuinely) m.....
» 14/01/2014 12:23:53 PM Has-been; Firstly: Terry Barnes - the author of the report himself - suggests excluding .....
» 14/01/2014 10:34:53 AM Just to clarify - I was asked today why not just direct the $3 billion straight in to publ.....
» 24/12/2013 5:17:59 PM And happy Christmas to everyone also! :-).....
» 24/12/2013 5:17:20 PM Abbott's managed to drive the car industry out of town and Qantas is set to follow. Maybe .....
» 23/12/2013 12:40:42 PM O Sung Wu; I have never been a Stalinist, and have never wanted to impose Stalinism on thi.....
» 13/11/2013 10:12:15 AM I can tell you how much I would increase tax. By about $20-$25 billion per term of governm.....
» 17/10/2013 2:55:21 PM Except there are huge internal divisions in the Liberals with regard the Paid Parental Lea.....
» 17/10/2013 11:26:59 AM Senior Victorian; I get what you're saying about the ALP 'talking to itself about itself';.....
» 14/08/2013 8:22:11 PM Chris; I'm sorry you didn't like this article as I usually respect your opinion - regardle.....
» 5/08/2013 5:38:02 PM Hi Plerdsus; You say that Sweden is "very much the exception"; but that doesn't .....
» 5/08/2013 11:49:01 AM Also if there are 'diminishing returns' from certain forms of higher taxation - that only .....
» 5/08/2013 10:23:27 AM Regardless of what you say about Sweden today, you have to account for the fact that they .....
» 4/08/2013 4:29:13 PM Plerdsus; You make out as is there's no choice except between two extremes - between Stali.....
» 4/08/2013 4:17:06 PM Plerdsus - You suggest there is no option but a new "Victorian Age" with massive.....
» 4/08/2013 11:06:52 AM IJN: The bank tax makes sense as its an 'insurance policy' against a future GFC. The toba.....
» 2/08/2013 7:51:58 PM Second most read for today, but no comments. :( I hope someone does have an opinion; and m.....
» 20/07/2013 4:17:48 PM The following remains true: Broad standards exist and comprise an improvement from the ti.....
» 20/07/2013 3:52:25 PM I'm sorry also if you think my 'slightest desire' for providing for the basic human rights.....
» 20/07/2013 3:50:06 PM Oh that's right, "it's just me"; Which must be why Lateline devoted two nights i.....
» 20/07/2013 12:24:18 PM Rhys; The common malnutrition is largely because of insufficient staffing; Yes people are .....
» 19/07/2013 4:00:09 PM Rhys; So human beings and humanity are not seen to be innately valuable in themselves - bu.....
» 19/07/2013 1:30:23 PM Hasbeen; Many of those people would require the support of family; And support for Carers'.....
» 19/07/2013 9:18:52 AM We'll see if you still feel that way if it happens to you or one of your close family one .....
» 18/07/2013 5:22:56 PM Thanks for the support, Divergence - even if we disagree slightly on the model. Hasbeen -.....
» 18/07/2013 12:04:10 PM Rhys Jones - You do not understand; many people reach the point where there is no choice.....
» 17/07/2013 7:49:49 PM Hasbeen; The problems my grandmother suffered began in the late 1990s. It is too late to.....
» 17/07/2013 6:36:27 PM Lexi; For my grandmother my mother and I were going in several times a week. But you canno.....
» 17/07/2013 5:10:36 PM IJN - I have seen first hand what our aged citizens - who have paid their taxes all their .....
» 17/07/2013 10:56:18 AM If we invested $15 billion a year in today's terms in National Aged Care Insurance - that .....
» 10/04/2013 4:17:23 PM For further info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-state_solution.....
» 10/04/2013 4:08:13 PM I can accept that is was - and is - a good thing for the Jewish people to have a 'national.....
» 4/04/2013 11:19:54 AM As I understand it the government has been saying no school will be worse off under Gonski.....
» 18/03/2013 3:02:16 PM Already with current levels of govt revenue there is simply not enough money for roads, ot.....
» 18/03/2013 9:23:27 AM As I understand it the point of Gonski is not to take from private schools, but to give to.....
» 17/03/2013 11:38:46 AM The point is that there are millions trying to save on lower incomes. For many home owners.....
» 15/03/2013 3:48:30 PM Pericles - You miss the point that I am not proposing a new tax; I am proposing the remova.....
» 14/03/2013 8:37:03 PM Might be a good idea, Divergence. :).....
» 12/03/2013 3:06:11 PM SM the problem with your reasoning is that 'top 25%' is probably as compared with children.....
» 12/03/2013 11:39:21 AM And yet the carbon tax was a behaviour changing tax rather than a revenue raiser... Busine.....
» 12/03/2013 11:16:35 AM To be specific what we're talking about is *removing tax concessions* (as opposed to new t.....
» 11/03/2013 4:46:57 PM Other workers work hard as well; But they are paying more tax proportionately so the top 5.....
» 7/08/2012 6:11:27 PM But Rhian; What room is there to 'innovate' when investors are 'locked in' to massive infr.....
» 7/08/2012 4:41:10 PM Rhian writes:"lower borrowing costs reflect an implied cross-subsidy from the taxpaye.....
» 30/05/2012 8:10:43 PM Arts - including humanities ans social sciences - are grossly undervalued generally. To be.....
» 28/05/2012 5:13:19 PM Chris; I'm not so harsh on the Govt when it comes to cost-of-living initiatives. Basically.....
» 28/05/2012 11:17:25 AM First - apologies for the typos in my first comment; Secondly, Yabby _ I don't know exactl.....
» 28/05/2012 10:44:39 AM Herbert - what you say about more people on welfare is probably because: a) We have an agi.....
» 30/04/2012 1:34:40 PM Bernie; there is detailed consideration of where the money will come from; from winding ba.....
» 30/04/2012 9:51:36 AM The person calling themselvs 'imjulianutter' suggests Aged Care is an 'elite issue' - a 'f.....
» 29/04/2012 3:05:30 PM Sorry I meant "messed Labor up in QLD"......
» 29/04/2012 3:04:19 PM One poster points to Labor's fate in Queensland as proof Labor must move to the Right, abd.....
» 27/04/2012 11:19:22 AM Chris; First thankyou for responding politely and respectfully. I will try and return th.....
» 27/04/2012 10:23:10 AM BTW when I referred to "power prices going through the roof" in the last message.....
» 26/04/2012 7:58:51 PM First I have been a Labor member since 1994. Secondly it is in the power of the Federal G.....
» 26/04/2012 4:27:59 PM Obviously some respondants simply aren't reading the article - Because I quite clearly arg.....
» 26/04/2012 10:39:26 AM Yabby, Australia's one of the few countries in the world that have Dividend Imputation. If.....
» 26/04/2012 9:50:16 AM I do mention the NDIS in so far as I agrgue a similar scheme needs be implemented with Age.....
» 28/10/2011 12:05:12 PM Pericles - what specifically is "undemocratic" about my arguments? Do you suppos.....
» 28/10/2011 9:47:39 AM AR: So you would have supported the break up of the protests in Egypt, then? (which was an.....
» 28/10/2011 9:38:59 AM When the police moved in violently against protestors in Egypt onlookers around the world .....
» 28/10/2011 9:09:54 AM Curmudgeon; The Danish model works in the sense it reduces unemployment via labour market .....
» 27/10/2011 7:48:18 PM Doug Chalmers over at 'Australian Social Liberals' (a Facebook group I am a member of) acc.....
» 27/10/2011 6:18:04 PM Shadow Minister; You talk of 'the failure of socialist experiments' and condemn more robus.....
» 27/10/2011 10:32:52 AM Curmudgeon; Ok let's be specific then - Superannuation concessions brought in by Howard .....
» 19/10/2011 10:20:54 AM I think there are instances where protection is justified. Especially with strategic indu.....
» 18/10/2011 4:46:00 PM If a 'Jewish State' simply meant Jews were in the majority there wouldn't be an issue. And.....
» 14/10/2011 10:23:14 AM Antiseptic: Women are discriminated with superannuation as they are more likely to have a.....
» 14/10/2011 10:18:27 AM re: Mining Firstly: Mining enterprises should pay more than other companies as they are .....
» 13/10/2011 5:29:31 PM Yabby; If you're really worried about foreign ownership of mines, farms and other busine.....
» 13/10/2011 3:31:35 PM Very strong welfare states work in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Holland without 'demo.....
» 13/10/2011 10:25:50 AM re: a 'leisure class'; Marx actually talks about the 'leisure class' resting on slavery in.....
» 13/10/2011 9:38:03 AM For 'Former Snag', 'Wattle' and 'Antiseptic' re: Dividend Imputation and 'ordinary people.....
» 13/10/2011 9:24:59 AM For Peter Hume; answering some of your questions; re: a 'fair wage' of wages; For years w.....
» 12/10/2011 2:01:23 PM Joe; I mean for the advanced industrial world. But China is making leaps and bounds with i.....
» 12/10/2011 10:51:06 AM Interesting article - based partly on the premises of genuine or 'pure' communism as imagi.....
» 12/10/2011 9:58:46 AM The problem is if people with genuine disabilities - but with some capacity to work - are .....
» 12/10/2011 9:28:14 AM Antiseptic - a few points re: your arguments about women's labour. First: 'Productivity' .....
» 12/10/2011 9:19:29 AM Peter Hume; you say the labour of the capitalist isn't what's important. (for me, as matte.....
» 11/10/2011 8:58:29 PM Peter; I would support a variant of the labour variety of value - but not the same as Marx.....
» 11/10/2011 7:09:50 PM Just to try and kickstart something... Looks like there's quite a few readers but not much.....
» 14/07/2011 5:04:36 PM Tombee; The point is that for decades redistribution has been going on to the detriment o.....
» 24/06/2011 12:54:36 PM I believe there will be a short-term 'once off' price inflation impact; but like with the .....
» 22/06/2011 8:00:05 PM Robert; well all kinds of governments have to decide what their tax/spending mix is going .....
» 22/06/2011 7:14:00 PM AJFA; Under Whitlam there was inflation, yes - *mainly driven by an Oil Shock that was com.....
» 22/06/2011 4:45:43 PM Really well-researched article, Liz; and interesting too. :).....
» 22/06/2011 4:19:40 PM Shadow Minister; The point of the carbon tax is to create market signals to change patter.....
» 22/06/2011 4:10:51 PM Rechts; a) re: Newstart the point is that active labour market policies (that some may ev.....
» 7/06/2011 11:58:08 AM Spindoc; Different interests will fight it out for influence in the ABC like any other lo.....
» 6/06/2011 6:27:34 PM Spindoc, I see you're enjoying your game here; I think sometimes you read too much into .....
» 5/06/2011 9:32:35 PM sorry I meant "level the playing field" before........
» 5/06/2011 8:02:30 PM 'Piston-Broke' - I guess the lack of details is partly due to the government's insistence .....
» 5/06/2011 1:02:29 PM SpinDoc; Media concentration does not "in essence" and unavoidably lead to domi.....
» 4/06/2011 5:05:16 PM Spindoc; I was responding to a personal calling themselves " "imajulianutter&quo.....
» 4/06/2011 4:08:31 PM BTW I've never had a job in the labour movement, and I've never even looked for one. My po.....
» 4/06/2011 4:02:32 PM So - you seem to think caring for vulnerable pensioners is an idea which has "wrecked.....
» 4/06/2011 12:28:38 PM I understand some may think terms like 'right-populist monopoly media' may be a turn off. .....
» 3/06/2011 4:49:13 PM 'Senior Victorian' - well *everyone* makes a typo every now and then... re: Media diversi.....
» 3/06/2011 2:52:04 PM Spindoc; What I actually wrote just then was: "When...media ownership is so concent.....
» 3/06/2011 12:43:46 PM Curmudgen; I think Fairfax is more the exception than the rule; though even the Fairfax t.....
» 3/06/2011 11:24:47 AM Just re: 'freedom of the press' and how it relates to monopoly media. I'm not in favour o.....
» 18/05/2011 12:05:49 PM Peter; Firstly - arguing about the labour theory of value can be complex; There are peopl.....
» 17/05/2011 7:11:12 PM Peter; My point is that there should be a baseline of material living standards and social.....
» 17/05/2011 1:51:22 PM Peter; For your average worker with money in superannuation - yes there is a sense in whic.....
» 17/05/2011 11:22:59 AM BTW - Christianity is part of the Western tradition - but the Enlightenment was another pa.....
» 17/05/2011 11:18:51 AM As a Christian I do worry about the tenor of debate - as sometimes it verges upon vilifica.....
» 17/05/2011 10:44:45 AM Robert; I do try to do what I think is right - though I don't claim my judgement is perfec.....
» 16/05/2011 8:13:37 PM Yabby; Lots of people in the former East Germany simply had the industrial base pulled fro.....
» 16/05/2011 7:58:05 PM Robert; Agreed the system is imperfect and not always fair - but what to replace it with? .....
» 16/05/2011 7:16:17 PM Again just briefly: Rachel I really would appreciate a response to my proposal to tie supp.....
» 16/05/2011 6:01:10 PM Thanks Alan; The quote is as follows: "Those recipients will be moved on to the lowe.....
» 16/05/2011 11:32:47 AM Good article Rachel. But what about trying to make the most of a bad situation? If Labor w.....
» 13/05/2011 4:46:51 PM Chris, I appreciated your reference establishing that households over $150,000 are in th.....
» 6/05/2011 1:05:00 PM Peter - you write: "If merely feeling lonely is to be subject to “emotional violence.....
» 5/05/2011 8:06:10 PM Jeweley; Your points about the illegal prostitution industry make it clear why this sort o.....
» 5/05/2011 6:04:59 PM Peter quotes me: “Whatever the social relation, though, where innocent people are hurt we.....
» 5/05/2011 6:00:05 PM Peter; You're supposing apurely physical definition of violence; But many people these day.....
» 4/05/2011 11:12:26 AM Keith, you won't find me defending the management of the home insulation debacle. Though o.....
» 3/05/2011 8:33:39 PM Following my last post: Any legitimate social contract will involve a mix of rights and re.....
» 3/05/2011 8:26:26 PM Peter; The bottom line is that capitalism is based upon a system of private property. That.....
» 3/05/2011 5:21:11 PM Peter Hume; You also talk about state violence in the course of wealth redistribution; Bu.....
» 3/05/2011 5:16:04 PM Peter Hume; You will not find me trying to defend or rationalise rape in a million years!!.....
» 2/05/2011 7:40:28 PM Menzies supported a mixed economy; Yet the Conservatives today can't tell the difference b.....
» 2/05/2011 7:22:12 PM Regarding feminism and what some people call 'masculinism' - I think there is always a pro.....
» 2/05/2011 1:52:14 PM Robert - I'd agree that in a sense a man or a woman who lacks any intimacy in their lives .....
» 2/05/2011 12:40:12 PM Banning prostitution or criminalising 'clients' would only drive the practice underground......
» 2/05/2011 12:12:11 PM Firstly the Centre is always *relative* - so calling yourself 'Centrist' doesn't necessari.....
» 26/04/2011 8:05:50 PM Poirot; I think a lot of honest Christians struggle with the injustices and brutality of t.....
» 26/04/2011 5:16:50 PM I think it's a wishful construction to say Christianity is 'the source of Australian value.....
» 25/04/2011 10:44:49 AM I'd be interested if anyone had a response re: my earlier arguments about liberal pluralis.....
» 24/04/2011 9:47:04 PM If people cannot show consideration and sensitivity to Christians on this day of all days......
» 24/04/2011 9:20:06 PM nb: Where this position I've given on voluntary associations does not hold is where there .....
» 24/04/2011 9:13:40 PM Western Christianity has largely adapted to the liberal democratic context.Even conservati.....
» 14/04/2011 7:26:42 PM Shadow Minister; Do you think it's a coincidence that electricity prices are set to go up .....
» 14/04/2011 5:39:48 PM I also agree liberalism is a diverse tradition. There's economic liberalism, classical lib.....
» 14/04/2011 5:25:29 PM Peter; It's funny your characterisation of Marxism refuting the idea of genuine social (in.....
» 14/04/2011 2:13:03 PM Shadow Minister: Part of the problem we face today is the assumption in neo-liberal and .....
» 14/04/2011 11:00:47 AM Keith: You do not know my personal financial circumstances, so don't make any assumptions......
» 14/04/2011 10:58:48 AM Shadow Minister; re: Natural monpolies - I think to that you could add to scenarios where.....
» 11/04/2011 8:35:29 PM Really Keith I'd like a response - what *are* these Labor principles you allude to; How ar.....
» 11/04/2011 5:47:37 PM Keith; So - a democratic mixed economy,social wage,progressive tax system and regulated l.....
» 11/04/2011 12:26:52 PM A carbon tax will see prices go up on many items. But the author here pays very little att.....
» 11/04/2011 11:54:16 AM Shockadelic: re: Aged Care I actually don't mind the concept of community provision - an.....
» 11/04/2011 11:33:07 AM LEGO; You talk of: "rising petrol prices, the outrageous price increases for essentia.....
» 10/04/2011 7:51:14 PM LEGO; Firstly; as I argued in the 'Carbon Tax' thread support for high immigration is bip.....
» 10/04/2011 6:11:11 PM Ok - first just a correction - the points I raise at the of my last relate not just to col.....
» 10/04/2011 5:13:46 PM LEGO refers to an: "ever expanding welfare state full of foreigners [which] is not g.....
» 9/04/2011 10:05:59 PM Responding to Shockadelic re: Aged Care You obviously don't know the level of intensive a.....
» 9/04/2011 8:06:53 PM 'LEGO' has a real go at the very idea of the welfare state, social services, the social wa.....
» 9/04/2011 6:07:20 PM Some of the people who frequent here seem to be full-on social darwinists whose vision of .....
» 9/04/2011 5:52:14 PM ok a few issues; To begin with the idea of a public pension fund. Saltpetre says they &.....
» 9/04/2011 12:48:59 PM re: the Austrian School; I seem to remember Hayek describing the economy as an 'organism' .....
» 8/04/2011 8:35:31 PM Saltpetre; I’m no spin-doctor – I always call things as I see them. I’ve never had a ‘poli.....
» 8/04/2011 7:18:27 PM Chris; send me a message at facebook when your article is published and I'll take a look. .....
» 8/04/2011 4:52:19 PM Chris; Ok what I'm trying to get at is this: MRRT is the backdrop to Company Tax cuts, a.....
» 8/04/2011 11:59:20 AM Shadow Minister - do you view it the same way where past Conservative and Labor government.....
» 8/04/2011 11:36:29 AM It's not right to put all variants on socialism in the same basket. The Marxist tradition.....
» 31/03/2011 4:07:23 PM Working class indentity has been fractured with the decline of manufacturing and Fordist w.....
» 2/09/2010 9:08:24 PM BTW - some people seem to think I am not critical enough of Labor. But as I think is refle.....
» 2/09/2010 4:39:59 PM Chris; yes home insulation was handled awfully by the government. But if there was already.....
» 2/09/2010 11:49:03 AM Ken: Opinions differ, but this source suggests a $100 million mining industry 'warchest'. .....
» 20/08/2010 12:48:53 PM Chris; You're right that without an Opposition there would be no pressure on governments t.....
» 20/08/2010 11:54:30 AM Another issue re: distribution of wealth. I have no problem with the principle of private.....
» 20/08/2010 11:43:10 AM Rhian; you point out that: “As you know, “from each according to his ability...” is from .....
» 19/08/2010 9:14:15 PM Squeers; You're right that communism have never really been tried in the sense Marx envisa.....
» 19/08/2010 9:09:31 PM Quick note re: BER. This was investment AND stimulus. Because of the stimulus motive: Th.....
» 19/08/2010 1:50:38 PM Jereth; You seem to concede the idea that within the Christian community this is support .....
» 19/08/2010 11:26:59 AM Squeers; my feeling is that alienation can be partly overcome even within what we recognis.....
» 19/08/2010 11:04:04 AM An important point is that with the best technology - approaching 100 times faster - you f.....
» 18/08/2010 10:17:44 PM Re: my last post. There was a typo. It should have read: "(New annoucement just tod.....
» 18/08/2010 10:12:22 PM To clarify myself also: I call myself a 'liberal social democrat', 'left social democrat'.....
» 18/08/2010 9:57:20 PM The Liberals are now saying they will work towards a $6.2 billion surplus - doubling the p.....
» 18/08/2010 9:47:07 PM This is a part-copy of a post of mine from a different thread; but I think it's worth a lo.....
» 18/08/2010 9:43:14 PM Trav; your view of communism is probably that it is indisputedly - and only - what came to.....
» 18/08/2010 4:57:10 PM Peter; social democratic corporatism does not equal fascism. Less so liberal social democ.....
» 18/08/2010 4:39:11 PM Re: Coalition broadband policy, see below: "up to $6.25 billion in joint public-priv.....
» 18/08/2010 11:59:17 AM Bill; You criticise the 'religious Left'; effectively citing Abbott's social conservatism .....
» 18/08/2010 10:35:57 AM Chris; no I'm not contradicting myself on debt. I support extra investment in infrastructu.....
» 16/08/2010 1:14:12 PM Good to see a rational, well-thought out response by Frank Brennan; in the context where s.....
» 13/08/2010 8:23:56 PM Runner: the problems you foresee re: a price on carbon can be rectified by redirecting fun.....
» 13/08/2010 11:14:14 AM I'm a Labor member as those who read my contributions at OLO might know. But I'll say this.....
» 11/08/2010 4:12:43 PM I've been a Christian almost all my life, and I think the prejudice against, and stereotyp.....
» 11/08/2010 12:40:01 PM Riz; it wasn't my intention to suggest separation of church and state is against Christian.....
» 11/08/2010 12:27:23 PM John; re: your comments - Howard paving the way for Rudd etc. As much as I would have lik.....
» 11/08/2010 11:31:01 AM David; I found your article interesting and informative, all the more so because it was ve.....
» 10/08/2010 4:13:50 PM An article of mine on the Aus Election has also been published here at OLO today. (Aug 10).....
» 9/08/2010 4:37:40 PM Chris; People like me supported a compromise (or backdown as you say) on the mining tax -.....
» 7/08/2010 11:56:36 AM Briar Rose - You say that Howard and Rudd saw us through dangerous economic times; and whi.....
» 1/07/2010 11:31:07 AM Raycom: You are certainly right that mental health deserves greater attention. And in some.....
» 1/07/2010 11:22:46 AM re: the National Broadband Network (NBN) If anything the case of Telstra shows that some .....
» 30/06/2010 8:16:25 PM When I say the tax only ‘kicks in’ at 12 per cent, I mean that more tax will only be paid .....
» 30/06/2010 5:33:29 PM re: the prospects of raising social expenditure as a proportion of GDP - it depends on the.....
» 1/06/2010 11:03:27 AM Just a few points in response: Ludwig: you say I miss peak oil, population; sustainabilit.....
» 3/05/2010 3:42:11 PM Australians and New Zealanders did fight together in the Australia and New Zealand Army Co.....
» 30/04/2010 11:28:23 AM First, there is widespread opposition to privatisation - even in conservative Queensland -.....
» 29/04/2010 10:15:07 PM Dear Chris; One of the points I'm making is that some policies - eg: privatisation - had .....
» 29/04/2010 10:05:36 PM Supression doesn't have to take the form of literal infringements on freedom of speech. It.....
» 29/04/2010 5:16:14 PM Re: 'militarisation of history': It's a matter of emphasis... That viewing our history mai.....
» 29/04/2010 5:04:53 PM The author says he is concerned about rising income inequality. And with reference to coun.....
» 24/03/2010 5:04:26 PM Regional consolidation would definately have helped - but would need to have been accompan.....
» 24/03/2010 12:21:25 PM nb: One last point for now - I don't know that Abbott HAS embraced 'compassionate conserva.....
» 24/03/2010 11:57:26 AM Pelican; I agree that an Abbott government could in many ways be very bad for workers. Fr.....
» 24/03/2010 11:41:42 AM Spindoc; I was disappointed not to get more of a response in the form of discussion. As a.....
» 24/03/2010 10:42:41 AM Dear readers; Just writing to encourage participants to comment and upon and debate mater.....
» 23/03/2010 8:13:24 PM Looks like a decent number of people have read the article - but there aren't any comments.....
» 3/03/2010 1:21:59 PM AJFA; re: the US and Cuba; a) The economic pre-eminence of the US is partly based on a c.....
» 28/02/2010 6:28:49 PM AJFA - You say it's 'established' that the private sector is 'always' more efficient than .....
» 27/02/2010 7:02:13 PM AJFA: Just responding to your points re: Sweden, Australia, Telecommunications... I have.....
» 27/02/2010 6:51:06 PM Just a few points: If you have a social wage as strong as we find in countries like Sweden.....
» 26/02/2010 7:55:23 PM Dear Chris.L, I would agree that there are conservatives who in their hearts can be compa.....
» 26/02/2010 10:46:58 AM Dear Chris; You're welcome to post your comment/letter in full at my blog where I have re.....
» 25/02/2010 7:09:27 PM Associating progressive taxes with a "closed or command economy" is ridiculous. .....
» 25/02/2010 10:15:32 AM Chris: Just re Howard and 'mean-spiritedness'. On the top of my head I can remember Howa.....
» 24/02/2010 7:47:52 PM AJFA - you mention "first year economics textbooks' as if there's a global consensus......
» 24/02/2010 6:12:22 PM Chris - glad to have that cleared up - from my perspective the way you phrased your respon.....
» 24/02/2010 4:51:36 PM Chris: what precisely do you mean here? "I suspect even your wishes will not be wit.....
» 24/02/2010 11:20:11 AM nb: When I say 'I don't support that ideology' - obviously I mean I don't support neo-libe.....
» 24/02/2010 10:14:31 AM Corin: you say - "Tristan, mate, join the 21st century." But old ideas are not.....
» 23/02/2010 7:56:24 PM I really liked this essay - and I feel the author has something really important to say he.....
» 23/02/2010 12:31:51 PM Huonian: Just quickly - your description of socialism is an obivious 'straw man': and you.....
» 22/02/2010 7:30:24 PM Hounian: Without the ability to defend wages and conditions through self-organisation; in .....
» 22/02/2010 12:02:00 PM Dear readers; The full version of Mighell's article has been published at the 'Left Focus.....
» 6/02/2010 12:03:16 PM Arguments about a "young Earth" can effectively comprise a moot point - as there.....
» 1/02/2010 4:36:11 PM The point I was making re: spectrums of light, radiowaves, frequencies and the like is thi.....
» 31/01/2010 8:40:12 PM re: the idea of a new party including an ALP purged of its Left - and small 'l' liberals d.....
» 31/01/2010 7:24:15 PM Banjo: "International Communities" can take many forms - especially in the age o.....
» 31/01/2010 4:55:35 PM Peter Hume writes: "The poor have no right to legal privileges on account of their po.....
» 31/01/2010 3:24:38 PM Banjo: Again I return to the idea of "nested" and "overlapping" commu.....
» 31/01/2010 3:11:50 PM Pericles - re: your comment about literalist Chrisitians - you say: "what does that s.....
» 30/01/2010 7:15:06 PM There is an idea from Jurgen Habermas which I think is appropriate here: that of the 'idea.....
» 30/01/2010 6:43:38 PM Foxy; Thanks for your comments. :)) Personally, I like the idea of "overlapping".....
» 30/01/2010 9:56:36 AM Leigh: if you read the whole article through you'll see I have a lot of positive things to.....
» 25/01/2010 2:53:01 PM Australia Day 2010: Celebration AND Criticism the key to ‘moving forward’ together! This e.....
» 23/01/2010 10:50:37 AM Passy - struggle for change is not a simple binary opposition between reform and revolutio.....
» 20/01/2010 9:17:02 AM Keith: There is a difference between economic liberalism/neo-liberalism and social and pol.....
» 18/01/2010 8:09:35 PM Herbert: To begin with: re - your Biblical phrase. I do not claim to 'represent God' in t.....
» 18/01/2010 7:02:07 PM Ken: Even John Howard - when in government - extolled the principle of a progressive incom.....
» 18/01/2010 4:04:47 PM There's merit to some of the arguments here - but I reject the idea that all people on the.....
» 17/01/2010 9:17:12 AM Just a comment on Col Rogue's statement re: Pinochet versus Stalin... If you want to take.....
» 15/01/2010 9:37:33 PM re: indigenous people in Gautemala - I made a type - I meant hundreds of THOUSANDS slaught.....
» 15/01/2010 9:36:10 PM I consider myself a socialist, a liberal and a democrat. To address the specific issue of .....
» 30/10/2009 2:45:19 PM If we did not have taxation then undoubtedly there will be problems providing infrastructu.....
» 23/10/2009 3:34:07 PM Pericles made the point I was wanting to make - that the GFC has made the money market ver.....
» 22/10/2009 11:45:31 AM There are a few issues re: stimulus... The government's stimulus was not meant to support.....
» 20/10/2009 6:40:47 PM I accept that investment in infrastructure - in this case fibre-optic broadband - must com.....
» 20/10/2009 9:42:22 AM Chris; You hit the 'tip of the iceberg' talking about faster movie downloands - but what .....
» 25/08/2009 9:02:42 PM I agree that the 15 hour limit on work for people on the Disability Pension is a dreadful .....
» 22/07/2009 4:50:24 PM In response to arguments regarding 'clearing' levels of wages, I just draw attention to a .....
» 2/06/2009 9:46:35 AM Pls note the following criticisms of Labor: "Labor’s stimulus does not - in fact - .....
» 9/05/2009 11:20:58 AM I really urge people to read this article again - and email Wayne Swan before it is too la.....
» 8/05/2009 1:11:34 PM Thanks for this article - which shows there is an alternative to greed, plutocracy and exp.....
» 8/05/2009 12:12:12 PM I agree that debate should be generally respectful - without personal insult. And ideally .....
» 6/05/2009 11:38:00 AM Good article, Encouraging active and informed citizenship is key to achieveing a 'good soc.....
» 2/05/2009 3:41:19 PM Mil-Observer; Yes there's corruption everywhere. But I've never had any personal experien.....
» 2/05/2009 12:40:57 PM If anyone wants to know what my position is on Fabianism you're welcome to read the articl.....
» 27/04/2009 9:08:26 PM And of course - neo-liberal authoritarianism and militarism may not in themselves by fasci.....
» 27/04/2009 9:06:14 PM Mil-observer - if you want to know what I believe re: war - read some of the material I wr.....
» 22/04/2009 9:44:07 AM Jefferson - just to be clear - I am a socialist, a liberal and an internationalist. Ia abh.....
» 21/04/2009 8:05:01 PM Dear Shadow Minister/readers, regardless of the size of the project - were it a private m.....
» 17/04/2009 7:57:41 PM Antony - Don't know what to say except that I agree with you that the new media provide sc.....
» 28/03/2009 5:34:14 PM Dear readers; Just letting you know that I'm republishing this article on my personal blo.....
» 28/03/2009 5:16:07 PM nb: 'take risks' should read 'take EXCESSIVE RISKS'... and with Public pension funds the r.....
» 28/03/2009 12:09:26 PM Dear Chris, You might now be familiar with all my work - but to clarify, I consider myself.....
» 28/03/2009 9:28:54 AM Claims of 'economic illiteracy' are a resort of those of seek to avoid moral issues by cla.....
» 27/03/2009 4:58:18 PM Chris... I wonder if I've left it too late to contribute to this debate- but here goes... .....
» 27/03/2009 10:02:37 AM Readers who claim most aged pensioners are 'well off' might get something from the excerpt.....
» 26/03/2009 3:22:32 PM I think the CPSA (Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Society) makes a pretty good go at.....
» 13/03/2009 4:32:04 PM Hey there mil-observer - you attempt to make some serious points - but for the most I don'.....
» 12/03/2009 7:44:50 PM Arjay, A few points: a) I am a liberal as well as a socialist - I believe in a comprehen.....
» 12/03/2009 3:00:09 PM Good article :-) - glad to see someone else who promotes a mixed banking sector - with a r.....
» 12/03/2009 2:05:51 PM re: being 'neo-liberal' and 'middle class'. I advise you to read more of my work if you ar.....
» 21/02/2009 4:48:19 PM Lucy - I suggest wealth and inheritance taxes for those who are inheriting great wealth. T.....
» 17/02/2009 4:59:47 PM I saw in The Australian today that there are moves underway to force accomodation bonds on.....
» 14/02/2009 8:02:33 PM Privacy and familiar surroundings should not be conceived of as a 'luxury'. Neither should.....
» 10/02/2009 6:59:30 PM nb: for those who are interested - another article - this time on Aged Care (esp nursing h.....
» 10/02/2009 12:25:42 PM If only we could have a policy of solidarity - then it wouldn't be a matter of supporting .....
» 27/01/2009 4:17:05 PM Some good points here - I thank the author... But as well we need to specify alternatives......
» 19/01/2009 12:28:39 PM Palimset, When necessary general strikes or other political strike action are effective m.....
» 16/01/2009 8:57:17 PM One thing former ALP figure Evan Thornley had right in'Coming to the Party'-was the idea t.....
» 16/01/2009 8:31:48 PM There have been some high points of the Labor Rudd government. The apology to the Stolen G.....
» 15/01/2009 2:15:21 PM another point re: 'Testing God'... If God did not want us to ask for anything, why then a.....
» 14/01/2009 5:13:09 PM There is am essential role for competitive private markets-to the extent to which those ma.....
» 14/01/2009 4:37:49 PM A couple of questions: The Catholic church demands proof of miracles performed before for.....
» 14/01/2009 3:16:03 PM I'm glad to see that I've managed to spur debate - and at least that there is a body of op.....
» 13/01/2009 4:04:01 PM Ken re:‘union capture’-There should be fair conditions and wages–but also flexibility when.....
» 13/01/2009 2:43:41 PM Ken; I think you’ll find many of the issues re: the quality of service in the past – had a.....
» 24/10/2008 5:07:50 PM Just fixing an error from my last post: The following passage: Be honest - If you're in.....
» 24/10/2008 4:52:34 PM The bottom line is that we are all human beings. Not only should we have respect for each .....
» 24/10/2008 3:55:17 PM Chris - thanks for mentioning Wallerstein... I wrote an essay - partly on Wallerstein's 'A.....
» 24/10/2008 9:46:36 AM Dear Paulr; As I said earlier: I don't claim to be an expert - but I am certain that the .....
» 22/10/2008 6:28:01 PM Passy - I think that you're right insofar as the falling rate of profit leads into an ever.....
» 21/10/2008 8:02:54 PM Another Hebrew letter 'Qof' also refers to the 'eye of the needle'... As already noted, t.....
» 21/10/2008 7:12:58 PM I don't claim to be an authority on scripture - but surely much scripture is meant in the .....
» 17/10/2008 4:08:57 PM Dear David; You're right that civil disobedience is not such as a government going beyond.....
» 17/10/2008 2:51:10 PM Ideally you have a point... Political parties need to run on platforms - and this goes to .....
» 17/10/2008 1:31:14 PM I agree that the falling rate of profit is an underlying tendency in capitalist economies......
» 16/10/2008 6:45:16 PM Excellent article... Although an ALP member, I'm not sure - but you may a have a point on.....
» 4/09/2008 7:17:18 PM Dear Passy... You're right that superannuation is not ideal... To begin with, it involve.....
» 4/09/2008 7:06:41 PM Dear Chris; Don't give up. Broadening the ideological base of Quadrant to include social .....
» 4/09/2008 4:24:19 PM Well done Chris... It's great to see a hint of compassion and good sense reaching the page.....
» 3/09/2008 4:32:56 PM Expropriation of surplus value creates a number of conundrums as it relates to liberty and.....
» 29/08/2008 10:44:11 AM firstly - re: housing crisis - see: http://www.theage.com.au/news/in-depth/the-housing-cr.....
» 28/08/2008 7:32:00 PM Pericles: The 'embedded' and structural nature of the oil crisis must be understood in co.....
» 27/08/2008 4:33:07 PM Pericles - you make a real mess of my arguments there - cutting and pasting out-of-context.....
» 27/08/2008 2:01:15 PM BN - the problem of prohibiting pattern bargaining is that the 'law of the jungle' can lea.....
» 26/08/2008 3:55:59 PM Just writing to let subscribers to this thread know that there will be a follow-up article.....
» 22/08/2008 12:03:00 PM Dear Billie; I'd be interested in knowing whether or not this is true. (ie: that the OLO .....
» 21/08/2008 11:22:57 AM Well, at least someone's still got a sense of humour. :-).....
» 20/08/2008 4:15:15 PM Dear friends; I've noticed that there's very little traffic going on in OLO comments toda.....
» 25/05/2008 5:04:54 PM Fractelle and Passy; What you say about OLO is right... I think those who run OLO have a .....
» 23/05/2008 4:56:39 PM Passy: The capitalist system as we know it rests upon exploitation. And this exploitation .....
» 22/05/2008 12:41:33 PM re: NSW and civil disobedience... Why fight? Possible decline in wages and conditions........
» 22/05/2008 12:37:38 PM I welcome the broad-ranging debate. :-) But are there any more comments or opinions more .....
» 21/05/2008 10:43:24 AM Dear Gecko; What I'm saying is that liberal democracy is a fine balancing act - between t.....
» 20/05/2008 10:42:33 AM Col - if you really view liberal and democratic rights with contempt - I have to wonder wh.....
» 19/05/2008 4:21:10 PM Friends; Just writing to let you all know that my next article should be up on OLO by Wed.....
» 18/05/2008 10:33:41 PM just re: The Accord... The Accord saw a decline in the wage share of the economy - which .....
» 16/05/2008 11:14:16 AM Friends - just thought you might be interested in a 'letter to the Editor' I submitted to .....
» 13/05/2008 5:41:20 PM Dear readers/participants... everyone reading this - pls note that another article of min.....
» 13/05/2008 5:40:01 PM Holland is no socialist utopia - but alongside Denmark and the Nordic countries - there is.....
» 12/05/2008 4:12:33 PM Dear Passy; other friends and readers, It seems like you have me at an advatage - as I am.....
» 10/05/2008 3:59:01 PM firstly - Passy... The contradictions witin the state run deeper than the parliament. Rem.....
» 7/05/2008 2:01:20 PM Dear friends; re: the issue of exploitation, expropriation of surplus value... One of th.....
» 6/05/2008 3:53:40 PM Dear readers, To an extent Gecko is right - to suggest that I make some - ableit reserved.....
» 29/02/2008 6:22:27 PM Passy - just a bit more... Marx's 'dictatorship of the proletariat' should not be underst.....
» 29/02/2008 6:13:41 PM Passy - I respect Rosa Luxemburg for remaining steadfast in her support of liberty as esse.....
» 26/02/2008 11:12:12 AM First-there are different interpretations of socialism and capitalism. Some see socialis.....
» 25/02/2008 9:29:39 PM Dear Passy, I've tried to read Habermas directly, but it makes really dense reading. In f.....
» 24/02/2008 8:08:12 PM Passy: just another couple of points... You suppose that any attempt to win capital share .....
» 24/02/2008 7:49:06 PM Dear Passy: I could always do to revise my Marx - but I have read the book you mention, a.....
» 23/02/2008 4:47:58 PM Passy: regarding the 'tendency of the rate of profit to fall': I think this is hard-wired .....
» 23/02/2008 11:08:33 AM Good article... It's nice to see an exposition on where the various candidates stand on PO.....
» 23/02/2008 10:53:32 AM Dear Passy, It is common knowledge that there was wage restraint - and a corresponding fa.....
» 22/02/2008 4:27:13 PM Dear Cosmogirl, To called the welfare state 'bloated' is to miss the reality of a system .....
» 20/02/2008 4:38:26 PM Again - how is it possible to understand free will, consciousness and setience on material.....
» 20/02/2008 2:47:29 PM Just for the record, I am a Christian - and have been for most of my life. For me, the mos.....
» 7/11/2007 3:20:39 PM Rhian - it is simply a coincidence that the privatisation of Telstra occurred at the same .....
» 6/11/2007 8:18:04 PM I'm glad to see some discussion on my article - I think it is an area that is much neglect.....
» 6/11/2007 2:39:43 PM I wish I was as upbeat in my assessment of economic rationalism's 'decline' as the author......
» 1/11/2007 5:04:20 PM The author should try paying for rent/board, telephone and internet bills, electricity, wa.....
» 29/10/2007 4:07:46 PM Col - re Lenin's views on the State - I would guess the quote you're using comes from 'The.....
» 26/10/2007 10:49:49 AM Whether or not capitalism is 'naturally' a better system than socialism is questionable. N.....
» 23/10/2007 11:06:19 AM Concupiscence, To begin with - yes, it is very hard to discern what the end result of mea.....
» 19/10/2007 12:22:34 PM I agree that the problem in housing is largely is one of supply, and I agree that there wo.....
» 18/10/2007 12:40:47 PM Keith - I appreciate any concern you may have re: Labor's mandate. Perhaps Labor will not.....
» 27/06/2007 8:29:02 PM I do not see that the 'Left' holds up development in the Third World. Instead I see instit.....
» 14/06/2007 4:49:39 PM Dear Rob, re: broadband infrastructure; just briefly, I think it would be best for the pr.....
» 14/06/2007 2:08:38 PM RobP, I think that a person who chooses a 'time rich' lifestyle will be penalised in term.....
» 12/06/2007 7:13:31 PM cont from last post... Some of us will do the hard yards in the ALP and accomodate the co.....
» 12/06/2007 7:11:48 PM Southerner - you sound like you're speaking from an ALP Left perspective. I sympathise, an.....
» 11/06/2007 6:19:57 PM re: the status of Marxism - I don't think Marxism is 'dead' in the sense that, taken elect.....
» 8/06/2007 3:05:59 PM Chris C - re: communism, I see myself working in a tradition that goes back through the lo.....
» 8/06/2007 12:46:33 PM To begin with, it's a bit unfair to attack Joan. She really was handed a 'poison chalice',.....
» 7/06/2007 1:18:15 PM BN, you say higher taxes would lead to skilled labour leaving the country...In Britain tax.....
» 7/06/2007 12:04:26 PM Again, terms like "the language of class water" muddy the waters: progressives n.....
» 6/06/2007 1:48:46 PM I think supporting economic democracy is part of the answer. Wage earner funds, works coun.....
» 20/05/2007 6:27:50 PM Hasn't Peter come a long way since his days in the Monash Social Democratic Students Assoc.....
» 29/04/2007 3:33:59 PM Dear Chris, You're right that a lot of rank and file ALP members will vote for the same f.....
» 29/04/2007 11:54:50 AM Dear Chris, I think, on this occassion, we've gone to far for the sake of unity. I think .....
» 28/04/2007 12:33:38 PM Dear aquarivs, What you say re: globalisation is important. India and China are providing.....
» 25/04/2007 9:08:21 PM cpnt from last post... What we need is for activists in the Right to refrain from 'conver.....
» 25/04/2007 9:00:45 PM I'd just like to respond to comments earlier to the effect that Kevin Rudd is a 'centrist'.....
» 24/04/2007 4:53:57 PM Communicat: If unions are so 'irresponsible' in using strike action, why is the level of .....
» 24/04/2007 11:12:20 AM Doc - yes there is a semblance of 'protected industrial action' in AWAs, but it is only du.....
» 28/03/2007 10:42:47 AM I agree that Rudd should not have pre-empted the Conference by leaking a 'draft platform' .....
» 15/03/2007 10:41:09 AM Lev, I agree that it would be great to return to a free tertiary education system. Unfortu.....
» 25/02/2007 7:26:21 PM I think, also, that we need to look beyond the spin in assessing state curriculums. Critic.....
» 23/02/2007 8:01:45 PM Rob - If the US can have an effective company tax rate of around 40% when you add the stat.....
» 22/02/2007 5:25:50 PM Sniggid: I understand that one must be careful when adjusting Company Tax. Too low and you.....
» 22/02/2007 11:31:02 AM Sniggid: if you'd care to outline your specific objections I might be able to response to .....
» 26/11/2006 5:03:33 PM Those troublesome protestors, Col - getting free public transport. Wouldn't it be better i.....
» 25/11/2006 9:19:30 PM re: private provision of infrastructure - yes it can be done - but is it more competitive?.....
» 25/11/2006 2:22:28 PM re: the IMF, World Bank and the Third World - what does forcing third world nations to pri.....
» 24/11/2006 8:40:17 PM As to whether or not my ideas can work - they have worked in Sweden and the other Scandina.....
» 23/11/2006 4:07:52 PM How is investing in infrastructure and services "anti-growth" and "anti Aus.....
» 23/11/2006 4:04:16 PM re: the G20 protests - I do not support the violence of the small minority who - through t.....
» 7/11/2006 11:14:48 AM Col - you conveniently avoid the question of whether or not NATSEM can be so readily dismi.....
» 6/11/2006 9:43:38 AM Col Rougue: you may call WSWS 'fringe Trotskyists' - and I am myself amazed what a good jo.....
» 5/11/2006 5:01:13 PM I just refer to readers to the following quote: (the relevant part is in the second paragr.....
» 4/11/2006 10:09:35 PM Country Gal - I admire your efforts to make a life for yourself - but why should those on .....
» 3/11/2006 6:46:48 PM Tell me, Corin - what's the 'rampant Left' doing that you find so offensive and threatenin.....
» 3/11/2006 6:42:19 PM justgoing back to a previous comment re mass membership of factions: TheALP is a VERY bro.....
» 3/11/2006 10:51:03 AM Sniggid - Kevin wants to do a lot more than maintain the letter grading of students - he w.....
» 2/11/2006 6:39:31 PM Kevin Donnelly likes to portray himself as the standard-bearer for the Western tradition o.....
» 2/11/2006 5:03:06 PM re: Westernred'scomments-'Community banks' generally do not provide the same standard of s.....
» 2/11/2006 4:48:35 PM I think it is true that today the working class is divided - and so-called 'wedge politics.....
» 1/11/2006 8:49:02 PM I'd like to know why the eminently sensible option of expanding public housing stock is no.....
» 1/11/2006 4:10:14 PM continued from above........ Finally – what’s wrong with the principle of class struggle?.....
» 1/11/2006 4:09:41 PM I’m used to complaints about ‘state-centered solutions’ by now – and it really is the fash.....
» 29/09/2006 5:59:10 PM re: free speech - I think David goes too far in his criticism of Islam - but I defend his .....
» 28/09/2006 5:41:21 PM re: Politicians in general - I know there are an awful lot of selfish, careerist and oppor.....
» 28/09/2006 5:30:23 PM re: Rudd and Gillard - well, I think Julia has done a pretty good job as Opposition spokes.....
» 27/09/2006 5:35:02 PM I've been surprised at how much cynicism my article has evoked: I would have thought there.....
» 18/09/2006 9:09:33 PM CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POST........ Finally, as I will argue in an article I hope to be .....
» 18/09/2006 9:09:05 PM [Deleted because poster tried to circumvent the word limit with hyphens.]Deeply ingrained .....
» 26/07/2006 9:04:09 PM I actually think the author makes a good point. I remember hearing that something like 40%.....
» 11/07/2006 5:24:17 PM I haven't got a clue what you're talking about......
» 7/07/2006 9:12:50 PM *previous post continued* It is also important to remember that amongst the ranks of soci.....
» 7/07/2006 9:11:49 PM Fascist dictatorship, characterised by the forced union of classes under the dictatorship .....
» 1/06/2006 5:37:14 PM Thanks, Mr Agreeable, for your post. I couldn't agree more. :-) Unfortunately I don't thin.....
» 25/05/2006 4:08:11 PM “As for your suggestion that I am a Nazi” "I did not suggest you were anything of th.....
» 21/05/2006 10:02:51 PM "Whilst there are some who are worthy of our compassion and support, there are alot m.....
» 21/05/2006 9:58:57 PM "You being someone, who admits you do not have sufficient faith in your ideas or idea.....
» 18/05/2006 6:09:24 PM My ideas have never been tested in this country - which has never had anything more than a.....
» 17/05/2006 2:01:57 PM "If pensioners can't pay electricity bills, its just as likely that they blew the mon.....
» 16/05/2006 7:46:16 PM "Assuming that the obligation for each capable adult for the maintenance of society w.....
» 15/05/2006 4:38:27 PM Yes, it's true that what I'm proposing is not a complete copy of 'The Swedish model'. Swed.....
» 14/05/2006 5:15:50 PM I didn't say that the current account did refer to government debt. I know the current acc.....
» 14/05/2006 12:53:45 PM If-Sweden-is-such-a-'basket-case'-how-come they have a current account surplus of"58......
» 13/05/2006 1:18:24 PM re: welfare - you could begin by reining in the Family Tax Benefit and means testing it th.....
» 12/05/2006 10:02:41 PM It's-all-very-well-to-say-"go-join-another-party"-but-the-ALP-is supposed-to-be-.....
» 12/05/2006 5:14:04 PM I think you'd find that most of the working-poor-don't have any investments. Besides, have.....
» 11/05/2006 9:19:06 PM It doesn't surprise me that an article published in The Australian is in favour of cutting.....
» 11/05/2006 9:11:53 PM "Last-I-saw-about-2%-of-taxpayers-earn-150k+ before-tax. About-140 thousand-people-i.....
» 11/05/2006 3:50:20 PM Rob - A-higher-GST-can-be-justified-if-welfare-and-PAYE-income- taxation-are-restructured-.....
» 10/05/2006 8:26:39 PM re: increasing the GST - what about low income earners? There's a whole class of underempl.....
» 9/05/2006 11:19:10 PM My grandmother's house was the only asset she had - and it wasn't worth very much as it ha.....
» 9/05/2006 5:05:47 PM Many-people-can't-afford-private-hospitals.-What-'choice'-do-they have-when-the-public-sys.....
» 8/05/2006 4:39:18 PM Robert - what you say about the inadequacies of the tax system is true. There is a trade o.....
» 8/05/2006 12:46:01 PM Actually,-I-am-not-a-university-student.-The-photo-is-seven-years old,-so-perhaps-that-has.....
» 7/05/2006 11:45:26 PM Thanks, daggett - I appreciate that. It's nice to think that one's work means something to.....
» 7/05/2006 12:20:16 PM re:Sweden-and-the-social-democrats:Why-would-people-consistently vote-in-a-government-that.....
» 6/05/2006 12:59:47 PM I admit that I made an error in my comments re: superannuation. Unfortunately, this is wha.....
» 5/05/2006 2:34:20 PM re: capital gains tax and inflation - the problem you suggest could be tackled by reintrod.....
» 5/05/2006 12:36:50 PM Firstly - re: the 'brain drain' - Australia already has a net increase in population from .....
» 4/05/2006 11:19:34 PM Belly - with your attitude we never would have achieved a progressive taxation system in t.....
» 3/05/2006 9:53:40 PM Well, I think welfare state universalism - improving services in health, education and age.....
» 3/05/2006 6:24:32 PM Well,Beazley-has-outdone-himself-in-today’s-meeting-with-the National-Press-Club. ‘Ideolog.....
» 10/04/2006 6:18:26 PM Christopher: The Current Account Deficit and the loss of jobs to China and India is indee.....
» 10/04/2006 1:25:03 PM Christopher: Do you honestly believe that capital movements can be abolished on a nationa.....
» 9/04/2006 5:52:01 PM I suppose it all depends on whether or not you think there is, any longer, any prospect of.....
» 6/04/2006 4:02:28 PM Corin, I guess it depends on what you mean by 'broadening the base'. I don't want to see .....
» 5/04/2006 1:14:35 PM Corin I don't think you're in a position to say what 'real' social democracy is. Social d.....
» 4/04/2006 5:51:14 PM Were it not for the union movements we never would have had a 40 hour week, let alone the .....
» 31/03/2006 6:14:06 PM As soon as Shorten came out in support of a flat 30% tax that did him as far as I was conc.....
» 23/03/2006 12:35:10 AM Corin - I might support local delivery of services where funding is provided federally - s.....
» 22/03/2006 11:21:51 AM A few years ago, in conversations with progressive economist John Quiggin, I arrived at th.....
» 22/03/2006 10:49:20 AM "The dream that Labor must govern for the battlers is not shared by most who vote, ne.....
» 21/03/2006 2:43:17 PM re: the prospect of an ALP split. If this could achieve the kind of results we saw in New .....
» 20/03/2006 6:32:40 PM If you don't like the way the Labor Party works, do something about it. Whether you join t.....
» 20/03/2006 1:36:23 PM Yes, there ought be a role for factions in the modern ALP. It is inevitable in any party t.....
» 18/03/2006 7:51:57 PM Flattening out the tax scale will only discriminate unfairly against lower and middle inco.....

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