Monthly Archive: May 2011

11 May

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How to become part of the political mainstream #47: Learn to dog-whistle

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Have the Greens decided to join the chorus of anti-immigrant racism that has bedevilled Australian politics for over a century? It seems so, with Bob Brown using the term “queue jumpers” to describe skilled migrants entering the country. Criticising Julia Gillard’s “Malaysian Solution” to deport asylum seekers, he argued: We know more than 90 per […]

09 May

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The balance of forces

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> by Dr_Tad and liz_beths Since the NSW election discussion among many readers of Left Flank has been dominated by the battle over Marrickville Council’s BDS policy. The Left inside the party has just had to face down the combined forces of the Murdoch media, Barry O’Farrell, Kevin Rudd, various sections of the pro-Israel lobby, and the party’s own national […]

Filed under: Bob Brown, Greens, NSW, Palestine

07 May

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The state: Australian capitalism’s long time companion

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> In reading Alex Callinicos’s article ‘The Limits of Passive Revolution’ in Capital & Class, I have found myself diverging off in to some reading about the role of the state in capitalist development in Australia. A common view I encounter is that the period prior to the Great Depression was one of a classic […]

Filed under: capitalism, state

03 May

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Green Fear: staying out of the ‘no-go zone’ of Australia-US-Israel relations

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Marrickville Council may have backed off supporting the Israel BDS campaign but by highlighting the plight of the Palestinians, the Council’s initiative in this area, and the pro-BDS stance of the NSW Greens, has ensured that this will only be the beginning of the debate, not least of all within the Greens themselves. The Australian […]