Rich and Poor in New Zealand (1980) A small and sheltered society relatively free from class, racial and sexual conflicts which plague the rest of the world. Such has been the cost image… Continue reading
The #OccupyMaydayGeneralStrike call is an attempt at a global general strike. There is intense political and theoretical discussion among liberals, radicals and Marxists about what Occupy is, its class composition, its demands, its prospects, and so on. This is not new as liberals, radicals and Marxists have had to debate Occupy’s progenitors – the Arab Revolution and the European revolt of the Indignados and the British youth riots. So what do revolutionary communists make of Occupy as a social movement and the ideological struggle between reformists, radicals and revolutionaries?
The Runanga Miners Hall has emblazoned on its frontage 1908 The “World’s Wealth for the World’s Workers”. And below it “United we Stand, Divided we Fall”; but that was a century ago. Now… Continue reading
Book Review No Left Turn: The Distortion of NZ’s history by Greed, Bigotry and Right-wing politics By Chris Trotter. Random House, NZ, 2007 Part One: Keeping the social democratic torch alight Chris Trotter’s… Continue reading
Introduction For the bourgeoisie, the collapse of “communism” made the world-historic victory of capitalism seem certain. Yet the contradictions of capitalism immediately called the new world order into question as globalisation brought… Continue reading
Hone Tuwhare and Poster of Karl Marx as Construction Worker Introduction Today the struggle of indigenous peoples in Australasia is becoming institutionalised in international law and the post-modern politics of multi-cultural ‘difference’. When… Continue reading