Monthly Archive: October 2011

31 Oct

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Qantas lock-out: The 1% declares all-out war on the 99%, and Gillard lends it a hand

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If there was ever any proof needed that the central concerns of the #occupy movement, about rising social inequality and injustice, and the absence of democratic institutions willing to protect the interests of the vast majority, surely we got it in the behaviour of Qantas management over the last few days — and the Gillard government’s […]

28 Oct

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Collingwood supporters and other ‘bogans’

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St Kilda player Stephen Milne provoking the Collingwood cheer squad, as reported by a Federal Court Judge part of the squad that day.  ABC’s The Drum recently published an article by me on Collingwood Supporters and class hatred, related to some of the issues I’ve previously discussed here at Left Flank. Below is the article in full.  Given hype […]

Filed under: class

21 Oct

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#OccupyOz captures the mood, but its critics are too busy demanding the possible to be realistic

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There are times when living in Australia is a bit like living in a bubble, sequestered from the massive economic and political convulsions that have marked 2011. It is the kind of situation that allows prominent progressive bloggers, like Greg Jericho (Grog’s Gamut) and Scott Steel (Possum Comitatus), to spew venom and ridicule at the […]

Filed under: Anti-capitalism, class

05 Oct

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e-Book launch 26 October 2011 – ‘On Utøya: Anders Breivik, right terror, Islamophobia and Europe’

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Come and help celebrate the launch of our e-Book! www.onutoya.com On Utøya: Anders Breivik, right terror, racism and Europe. 6.30pm – Wednesday 26 October 2011 – Upstairs at the Norfolk Hotel 305 Cleveland Street. Cnr of Cleveland and Walker Streets. See a map of the location here. We are appreciative that the book will be launched by: […]

01 Oct

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Premature celebration? The Bolt verdict & the Left’s missing critique of the state

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So racist even the Federal Court found against him

In this blog post I want to argue that the Bolt verdict is a problematic “victory” against the right-wing pundit and the Right more generally. Without wanting to diminish abhorrent and manifestly racist character of Bolt’s attack on “fair-skinned” Aboriginal people, I think that any celebration of the result by the Left is premature and […]