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Towards Police State Australia

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Towards Police State Australia in the Post-Liberal Era At least since 9/11 almost all western countries have been involved in a gradual slide to post-liberal, more authoritarian states. Some are gradually becoming outright police states. Australia is no exception, and is in fact in the vanguard of these developments in many respects.   Australia is the only democracy without a national Bill of Rights. This is also because there is almost no grassroots revolutionary tradition of autonomy in…

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REDNECK REVOLT

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Principles: The history of the white working class is one full of resistance, collectively and individually, against the rich elite that hold power over all of our lives. From massive armed uprisings like the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, to the resistance to coal mining in predominately white rural Appalachia today, white working people have been in conflict with those that uphold predatory economic, political, and social systems. The history of the white working class is also one filled with…

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The Anthropocene Choice for Humanity

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[Trying a bigger pic here. Anyone into the Anthropocene? ] Ten Propositions on the Anthropocene Choice for Humanity 1.We are now in the ANTHROPOCENE: a new evolutionary phase of the planet since about 1950 defined primarily by one species, Homo sapiens, largely determining planetary evolution 2.Like all previous evolution, the Anthropocene is proceeding blindly, UNCONSCIOUSLY, mainly  via market mechanisms and the self-serving, narrow-focus decisions of technocratic and power elites 3.The Unconscious…

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Democracy and Dealing with Right-Wing Populism 2

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[First blog attempt below did not print the rest, so here its is] Some brief suggestions about how to deal with core feelings and ideas motivating right-wing populism without helping push them towards outright fascism: 1.Feelings: grievance, resentment, fear Show how and where these are legitimate (global neoliberalism, imperialism-terrorism vicious  circle) and validate them. Show where and how they are illegitimate and criticise them (xenophobia, scapegoating, sexism, conspiracy delusions).…

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Democracy and Dealing with Right-wing Populism

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First some quotes from two recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald (my highlighting): From Jacqueline Maley (‘Climate courage bleached by outbreaks of populism’, SMH 10-11/12/2016, p. 31): Research by Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk end 2016 finds a disturbing trend : ‘over time, in all liberal democracies including Australia, openness to the idea of military rule has grown, the number of people who think a democratic system is ‘bad’ has grown, support for the concept…

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ATTEMPTING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL AND TALKING TO "THEM".

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(Rational preamble. It's always harder navigating the labyrinth inside than out. Outside you usually spend most of the time apologising and getting  out of people's way)   It's a shit fight out there. Cynicism is always the fallback of the cool and aloof. The working class rock star doing his bit at the soup kitchen or playing pool and drinking with the locals at the local into the evening and beyond. The silent lonely corner is the best place for Anonymous with shit social skills or who just…

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Castro and the Police State Left

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Castro & the Police State Left Fidel Castro has died. His enemies and his sympathizers are framing their predictable responses. I am addressing the latter. I have read many glowing eulogies from the Left in the last few days, some hagiographic, some more carefully worded, but all quite problematic in what they say, imply, and more especially, in what they do not say about ‘Fidel’ and the Cuban system. I come not to demonise nor to idolize. He was not my friend or comrade, and just…

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IT'S NOT AS IF...

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IT'S NOT  AS IF..."Not only has the Liberal Class given us Fascism, they’re now normalizing it."Vincent Emanuele said this. It's as if it's not the norm. I mean Sheldon Wolin wrote about this a while back as did Alex Carey. It's not  as if the Creel Committee at the start of the twentieth century was about democracy. It was about manipulation. It's not as if  the title of Alex Carey's book, Taking The Risk Out Of Democracy isn't a dead give away and that Herman and Chomsky's…

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Ken Knabb, Remarks on the Trump Election

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Interesting take on the Trump election by the indefatigable Ken Knabb of the Bureau of Public Secrets, a site focussed on making available in English all the texts of the French situationists and a lot of US poet Ken Rexroth as well. I heartily recommend Ken's own The Joy of Revolution book as well.  I particlularly like the quote from the book at the beginning: the point about the ambiguities of right-wing populism and fascism I've been trying to make as well... Out in the Open — Remarks…

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