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Indian workers participate in a rally on the first day of a two day strike in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.  Sporadic violence has broken out in India at the beginning of a two-day strike by labor unions protesting rising prices and government policies to open the economy. Millions of bank and factory workers stayed away from work and public transport was shut down Wednesday after India's major trade unions called the countrywide strike.  (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Book Review: Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

This is a review of Imperialism in the twenty-first century: Globalisation, Super-Exploitation and Capitalism’s Final Crisis by John Smith John Smith’s work is an important contribution to understating modern capitalism and also updates Lenin’s analysis of imperialism for this era. Smith explains how capitalism’s “good health rests on the extreme […]

Australia & NZ

Once were radicals! An interview with the Left Renewal

Once were radicals! An interview with the Left Renewal

In the flux of rolling controversies during the past year, the future of the Greens as a party that stands for inclusivity – a party supposedly embroiled in the struggles of marginalised people and the environment – seemed increasingly precarious. Grassroots democracy within the Greens is under fire from the […]

Australia & NZ

The housing crisis is not inevitable

The housing crisis is not inevitable

The following article is written by Feargul McGovern of Unite, a Brisbane-based socialist organisation that has friendly relations with The Socialists in Melbourne. Feargul and the anti-poverty network SEQ were involved in a political occupation of an unoccupied home in September. The goal was to raise awareness about the central […]

Australia & NZ

The Failure of Compromise: An Analysis of the New Zealand Election

The Failure of Compromise: An Analysis of the New Zealand Election

Written by – Kate McIntyre (Socialist Voice New Zealand) When Jacinda Ardern became leader of the New Zealand Labour Party just months before the General Election, it was expected and overdue. After nine years of the National-led government being under contested by another neoliberal, centrist party led by middle aged […]

Global Politics

What is behind the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea

What is behind the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea

The North Korean standoff is the most dangerous crisis of the 21st century so far with millions facing annihilation if a nuclear war occurred. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blithely pledged that a clash between the US and North Korea would be a “casus belli” (a cause for war) for […]

Articles, Australia & NZ

Oppose the new Bin Tax in Yarra!

Oppose the new Bin Tax in Yarra!

Text from Socialist Councillor Stephen Jolly’s Autumn 2017 newsletter, distributed to 35,000 homes in Melbourne. Oppose the new Bin Tax! Yarra Council is planning to introduce a new tax on residents to collect bins. I am opposed to this as providing core services like rubbish collection should be included in the […]

Australia & NZ

Who controls how our cities are built?

Who controls how our cities are built?

In almost every major city in Australia construction cranes are a visible presence across the skyline. The construction boom appears unstoppable as Australia’s population is set to reach 35 million by 2050. But housing industry analysts have predicted the country is heading towards an oversupply of housing as early as […]

Australia & NZ

Is a left renewal of the Greens possible?

Is a left renewal of the Greens possible?

In late 2016 an anonymous group of NSW Greens members launched an internal faction called “Left Renewal”. In their statement they said “our struggle for social justice brings us into irreconcilable conflict with the capitalist mode of production, and all other forms of class society…This means that we reject the […]

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 […]