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Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Political Communication, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, Socialism

Callaghan also became the creative source of sharp, catchy phrases for the premier to use against his political opponents. It’s a long list but includes some very effective ones: “death-adder unions – they strike first”; “when you go to the unemployment office tell ‘em Gough sent you”; “help Tom Burns fight air pollution – give […]

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When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.

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I’ll Be There – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on I’ll Be There – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

Then I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be ever’where—wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there… I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’—I’ll be in the way kids laugh when […]

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The Old Parliament House Bathrooms – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Old Parliament House Bathrooms – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, Economics, Policy, Politics, Power, Quotes, Socialism

The space limitations of (Old Parliament House) imposed an egalitarian rule in the lavatories. Ministers, MPs, staffers, journalists and cleaners all used the same lavatories. Years after the move to the permanent parliament building, Mick Young returned to the House of Representatives chamber of Old Parliament House to speak at an event. I cannot remember […]

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The Search for Perfection is a Recipe for Bloodshed – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Search for Perfection is a Recipe for Bloodshed – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Communism, Extremism, Humanism, Ideology, Philosophy, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes, Socialism

(Isaiah) Berlin takes his analysis a step further. He writes that such a “search for perfection does seem to me a recipe for bloodshed, no better even if it is demanded by the sincerest of idealists, the purest of heard… To force people into the neat uniforms demanded by dogmatically believed in schemes is almost […]

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Red Army Political Arrests – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Red Army Political Arrests – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, History, Socialism, Totalitarianism, WW2

The proportion of political arrests in the Red Army doubled from 1944 to 1945, a year when the Soviet Union was effectively at war for little more than four months. In that year of victory, no fewer than 135,056 Red Army soldiers and officers were condemned by military tribunals for ‘counter-revolutionary crimes’…. Over 1.5 million […]

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After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Ideology, India, Progressive Politics, Socialism

In the post-Marxist age, we can no longer believe that redistribution solves anything, that making the rich poorer will make the poor richer. It is the death not just of ideology but of ideas. Nothing in the national debate has nay strong conviction. On the right, a vague belief in foreign investment; on the left, […]

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Rebuilding the Gulag – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor

March 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Rebuilding the Gulag – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Extremism, Socialism, Totalitarianism, War, WW2

The NKVD’s grip on Stalingrad had not slackened. German prisoners working from both banks of the Volga had noticed that the first building in the city to be repaired was the NKVD headquarters, and almost immediately there were queues of women outside with foodparcels for relatives who had been arrested. Former Sixth Army soldiers guessed […]

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A Twat with a Trot Poster – “The Blair Years” – Alastair Campbell

January 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Twat with a Trot Poster – “The Blair Years” – Alastair Campbell · Electoralism, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism, UK Labour

Some twat with a Trot poster came up to me on the way in and yelled ‘Butcher!’ Traitor!’ at me. I stopped and mustered as much visual contempt as I could, then assured him that if we win the general election then don’t worry, thanks to wankers like him, there will always be another Tory […]

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Sustaining a Reforming Government – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Sustaining a Reforming Government – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Democracy, Electoralism, Extremism, Ideology, Means and Ends, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism, UK Labour, United Kingdom

David Marquand calls this the progressive dilemma: ‘How to transcend Labourism without betraying the labour interest; how to bridge the gap between the old Labour fortresses and the potentially anti-Conservative but non-Labour hinterland; how to construct a broad-based and enduring social coalition capable of not just giving it a temporary majority in the House of […]

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