• Our democracy is broken

    Our democracy is broken

    Editorial from the Summer 2017 edition of The Socialist  Growing wealth inequality has become the defining issue of 21st Century capitalism. Eight people now own and control the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. The neoliberal consensus that has determined government policy over the last four […]

  • The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

    The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

    The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson seemed humorously unlikely just a few years ago. There is no denying that her first foray into politics ended in complete disaster. She incited mass protests, lost her seat, was expelled from the party she created and jailed for election fraud. Now, after almost two […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    How Trump won and what it means

    By Mel Gregson Trump’s victory in the US presidential election represents a historic crisis of the political elite in the most powerful country in the world. The ramifications will be felt widely, deeply and for some time. Trump is a bigoted, misogynistic bully who has lied and manipulated his way […]

  • Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

    Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

    The vote to leave the EU was a revolt against the status quo. What comes next is yet to be determined. Since British voters took the dramatic decision to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23, the entire British political establishment has been shaken. The result of the referendum […]

  • On Track For a Climate Catastrophe

    On Track For a Climate Catastrophe

    Why we need to change the political climate The climate catastrophes that scientists have been predicting for decades have begun. Five Pacific Islands have so far been lost to the sea in what will likely become a mass displacement of people due to rising seas. The Great Barrier Reef is […]

  • Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

    Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

    Australia has created a humanitarian catastrophe in its refugee detention centres. In the past week alone a desperate refugee burned himself alive on Nauru, a woman reportedly 8 months pregnant attempted suicide and refugees have been infected with the Zika virus. Also this week the supreme court of Papua New Guinea […]

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Australia & NZ

Our democracy is broken

Our democracy is broken

Editorial from the Summer 2017 edition of The Socialist  Growing wealth inequality has become the defining issue of 21st Century capitalism. Eight people now own and control the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. The neoliberal consensus that has determined government policy over the last four […]

Australia & NZ

How our legal system entrenches inequality

How our legal system entrenches inequality

The incarceration rate in Australia is exploding with an 25% increase in the prison population over the last 5 years. Australians are now incarcerated at a higher rate than any European country. This is happening at a time when violent crime is on the decrease. So why is the prison […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson seemed humorously unlikely just a few years ago. There is no denying that her first foray into politics ended in complete disaster. She incited mass protests, lost her seat, was expelled from the party she created and jailed for election fraud. Now, after almost two […]

Global Politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

How Trump won and what it means

By Mel Gregson Trump’s victory in the US presidential election represents a historic crisis of the political elite in the most powerful country in the world. The ramifications will be felt widely, deeply and for some time. Trump is a bigoted, misogynistic bully who has lied and manipulated his way […]

Australia & NZ

How to vote socialist for Yarra Council

How to vote socialist for Yarra Council

The local council election is on Saturday October 22. with polling centres open 8am-6pm. You can also vote early at the Florence Peel Centre 9am-5pm on weekdays up until election day next to the Fitzroy Library on Moor St. On election day you can vote at the following venues: Langridge Ward: […]

Australia & NZ

Vote Socialist for Yarra on October 22!

Vote Socialist for Yarra on October 22!

Yarra is one of the few places in Australia where community activism still thrives. We have saved schools and kindergartens, stopped the sell-off of public housing, defeated the monstrous East West Link and become the first local government in Australia to divest from fossil fuels and refugee detention. These campaigns […]

Theory & History

Check your privilege, then…

Check your privilege, then…

A brief guide to solidarity and collective action There is no denying that we live in a world where the divide between rich and poor is increasing. This truth challenges the myth that society will become more fair, more equal, and more just slowly over time if we simply are […]

Women

The problem with “white feminism”

The problem with “white feminism”

Why our feminism must be actively anti-racist We live in a society that oppresses women on the basis of our gender: our bodies are commodified, our labour is devalued, our sexuality is policed, our lives are often valued on our relationships to men. The scale and form of these gendered oppressions […]

Global Politics

Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

The vote to leave the EU was a revolt against the status quo. What comes next is yet to be determined. Since British voters took the dramatic decision to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23, the entire British political establishment has been shaken. The result of the referendum […]

Global Politics

Brexit: A revolt against the British elite

Brexit: A revolt against the British elite

Last week Brexit became a reality when 52% of British voters, based on a 72% turnout, voted to end Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU). The result sent shockwaves through the economic and political establishment in Britain and Europe as well as across the world. The two main political parties, […]