Posts in: socialism

Socialist Alliance has healthy solutions!

Winter/Spring 2004

Socialist Alliance bases its policy on health promotion, disease prevention and timely treatment of illnesses and includes promoting good health. A healthy life depends on a healthy environment and safe working conditions. It will be based on the concept of hope and community control. Socialist Alliance will restore and extend Medicare. Medicare is not just… Read more »

Revolutionary Integration: A Marxist Analysis of African American Liberation

Winter/Spring 2004

My hometown, Guilford Connecticut, had one African American family. The only other family of colour was from Puerto Rico, brought in as cheap labour for Pinchbeck’s prosperous rose farm, just down the road from my house. We kids went to primary school together. Our education system didn’t provide much for special needs, so my eighth… Read more »

Maximus: Maximising Profits at the Expense of the Poor

Summer/Autumn 2003

The Federal Government wants out of the “welfare business.” John Howard thinks that “the family” is the best provider of welfare. He would love to dump the entire responsibility for raising children and caring for the sick, the elderly and people with disabilities squarely onto the unpaid shoulders of women — if only he could… Read more »

“Money Now Goes Into the Pockets of Big Business”: A Welfare Warrior Speaks Out

Summer/Autumn 2003

Pat Gowens is an activist with the Milwaukee-based welfare rights organisation, Welfare Warriors. Alison Thorne spoke to Pat about the impact of Welfare Reform and resistance mounted by Welfare Warriors. How did Clinton’s 1996 “welfare reform” impact on welfare recipients? Welfare Reform has caused the loss of millions of dollars to poor communities, resulting in… Read more »

Socialist Alliance Debate sparks discussion about Revolutionary Regroupment

Summer/Autumn 2003

Note: Links in this article may not be active. There is a discussion inside the Socialist Alliance about which way forward. In late August 2002, the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) announced plans to dramatically change how it would work as part of the Socialist Alliance. The DSP outlined a process which would result in its… Read more »

War of Ideas – September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives Reviewed

Summer/Autumn 2003

Just weeks ago, travelling to the U.S., I had a dose of the “anti-terror” measures introduced as a result of the shocking events of 11 September 2001. From Melbourne onwards, each airport was effectively a military checkpoint. I particularly remember Honolulu, on the way home, where the only passengers pulled out of the line-up for… Read more »

Why Greens need to be Reds

Summer/Autumn 2002

If there was one heartening thing about the disgraceful race/khaki election of 2001 it was the number of people who didn’t vote for the so-called “war on terrorism” and the racist, inhumane treatment of refugees. The cacophony of vilification of refugees, cynical appeals to xenophobia and outright warmongering was meant to win a majority of… Read more »

From high school rebel to Socialist Alliance leader: Talking with Sam Watson

Summer/Autumn 2002

Sam Watson headed the Socialist Alliance Senate in Queensland at the last Federal election. The ticket attracted a very credible 8,965 votes. After the elections, Alison Thorne, who headed the Victorian Senate ticket for Socialist Alliance, caught up with Sam Watson in Brisbane to discuss his 35-year history of political struggle, Watson’s hopes for the… Read more »

Formation of Socialist Alliance: A historic step forward for Left

Winter/Spring 2001

The Freedom Socialist Party has long advocated a socialist electoral alternative in Australia and we are very proud of our efforts to date. The urgent need to put fresh socialist solutions before voters at election time — a time when the majority of people are thinking about politics — is why we have actively supported… Read more »