Monthly Archive: May 2011

31 May

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Barry O’Farrell: From modern managerialist to old-fashioned class warrior

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> A funny thing happened on the way to Macquarie St. Before the March NSW election, Barry O’Farrell was a seemingly banal, workmanlike and mild-mannered Liberal leader who spent years rebuilding his party’s broken morale, even at the cost of reining in powerful far Right factional elements. Rather than projecting the leader he would be […]

25 May

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An exciting mix of 1968 and 1789, but where next for the #spanishrevolution?

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> Special Guest Post from Barcelona by Gemma Galdon Clavell On 22 May, a week after thousands of people across Spain turned a series of demonstrations into massive sleep-ins that are still holding strong, the conservative Popular Party (PP) won a historic victory in the municipal and regional elections. During the ensuing celebration of the […]

23 May

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Interface Journal: Repression and Social Movements

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> A new issue of the journal Interface was released today: Repression and Social Movements.  I’m the Oceania editor, and am currently seeking a co-editor to assist me with South-East Asia. For our Australian readers, note there is an article by Liz Thompson and Ben Rosenzweig on international students and the education economy in Australia (‘Public policy is class war pursued by […]

Filed under: social movements

22 May

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‘Revolutions arrive too late or too early, but always when they’re not expected’

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> Here’s my rough translation of a thoughtful analysis of the Spanish revolt, which was written for the Viento Sur website a few days ago. It locates the movement’s origins not just in the economic crisis and austerity measures of the Zapatero government, but the impasse created by the trade union leaders’ decision to back […]

16 May

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What’s class got to do with it? Appendix: The strange persistence of egalitarian ideals

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> In a piece of excellent timing given last week’s post-Budget pseudo-debate on class, the ACTU has launched a recent report on attitudes economic inequality in Australia that contains some stark facts about wealth (rather than income) distribution as well as some fascinating data on social attitudes. They’ve released this as part of their public […]

Filed under: class, trade unions