Monthly Archive: January 2012

26 Jan

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Invasion Day

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A number of myths have shaped Australia’s national identity in profound ways. The possibility of a vast inland sea saw many early settlers search the interior of the country unfruitfully, often meeting an untimely death. The kernel of this myth was a 1798 report to the Colonial Office by First Fleet botanist Joseph Banks: It […]

Filed under: Indigenous politics, racism

10 Jan

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New revolutionary rehearsals. Part two: From democratic to social revolution

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Bolivia’s water wars  SPECIAL GUEST POST BY COLIN BARKER In the last post we published the first half of Colin Barker’s new introduction to the South Korean edition of Revolutionary Rehearsals, looking at the trend towards ‘velvet revolutions’ or ‘negotiated transitions’ in the neoliberal era. In the second half he looks at how the contradictions of the neoliberal […]

07 Jan

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New revolutionary rehearsals. Part one: The limits of neoliberal ‘democratisation’

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Vaclav Havel — face of the ‘velvet revolutions’

SPECIAL GUEST POST BY COLIN BARKER For those of us drawn to Marxist politics in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collection of essays edited by Colin Barker called Revolutionary Rehearsals was a brilliant riposte to ideas that history had ended with the victory of liberal capitalism and that “there is […]