Governments seize on COVID-19 to extend repressive powers

The Economist has described it as “the most dramatic extension of state powers since the second world war.” Across the globe governments have implemented draconian legislation akin to that of police states under the...

Planning and democratic control needed more than ever

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing all the more clearly the fundamental failings of the capitalist economic system that we live under. Even before the pandemic, capitalist states have allowed for growing inequality, mass poverty,...

How would socialists distribute goods?

Recently someone commented, "The bare supermarket shelves we've seen recently show that capitalism isn't really equipped to deal with pandemics. How would socialists go about doing things differently?" We answer below. ** The COVID-19 crisis...

Jack Mundey, giant of the Australian labour movement

Jack Mundey – a giant of the Australian labour movement – has died at the age of 90. Mundey rose to prominence in the 1970s as a leader of the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF)....

Lenin: 150 years since his birth

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his revolutionary alias, Vladimir Lenin, was born in the city of Simbirsk, now known as Ulyanovsk, on Russia’s Volga river a century and a half ago. By the...

Could we have a shorter work week?

Microsoft recently granted its workers in Japan five Friday’s off in a row, resulting in a 40% productivity jump. Similar recent experiments have resulted in healthier, happier more efficient workers. Around the world the idea...

What do socialists say about the police?

A reader recently commented: “I’m so sick of reading about police violence. The way they beat people at the IMARC protests made me so angry. I feel that the cops only exist to protect...

The roots of racism against Aboriginal people

For more than two centuries, Indigenous people in Australia have been resisting attacks on their lives, land and culture. Aboriginal people continually have their working rights, land rights, and welfare rights undermined and attacked. Indigenous...

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