Reviews & Letters

Book review: Generation Less

Book review: Generation Less

June 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

Anthony Main reviews Jennifer Rayner’s new book, ‘Generation Less: How Australia is cheating the young’. Jennifer Rayner is a 29 year old Labor Party staffer. Like many her age she is rightly frustrated about the diminishing opportunities afforded to young people. In ‘Generation Less’ Rayner attempts to outline the key […]

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Rebel songs remembered: Jim Jones at Botany Bay

Rebel songs remembered: Jim Jones at Botany Bay

June 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

By Corey Snoek During Australia’s convict years numerous songs were written documenting the experience of those imprisoned at the penal colony. For the first few decades these songs seemed to serve as a warning to anybody who was in danger of being caught for petty crime and sent away. An […]

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Book review: Bill Shorten’s “For the common good”

Book review: Bill Shorten’s “For the common good”

June 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

By Anthony Main In reviewing “For the common good”, former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott described Bill Shorten as a “sentimental socialist”. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. The ideas outlined in this new book by the leader of the Labor opposition are pro-capitalist, albeit presented with a […]

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Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

May 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

By Domino LaMarr My Uncle, a total jock that ran yards for touchdowns instead of studying to get through high school, told me once the only book he ever read was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I used to think that was crazy and maybe I still think it a […]

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Film review: ‘Trumbo’

Film review: ‘Trumbo’

March 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm

From the red carpet to the blacklist and back again Imagine losing your job for the views you hold. Imagine being imprisoned for membership of a legal political party. Imagine being vilified and physically assaulted for being a socialist. Imagine it takes place in the name of ‘democracy’, in the […]

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Review: Revisiting Animal Farm

Review: Revisiting Animal Farm

January 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

Allegory of the terrible betrayal of the Russian revolution Andy Ford, from Socialism Today (Issue 192 October 2015) A success almost from the start, Animal Farm was rated among the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century by Time Magazine. It often features in the school curriculum. Conversely it was […]

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What the Hunger Games has taught us

What the Hunger Games has taught us

December 10, 2015 at 11:34 am

The release of Mockingjay Part 2 – the final instalment of the Hunger Games series – is the most anticipated film this summer. It is clear that the series has struck a chord with the current generation of young people like no other. The timing of the series’ book and […]

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10 Marxist classics every socialist should (eventually) read

10 Marxist classics every socialist should (eventually) read

November 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

There are no short cuts to understanding Marxism in all its complexity. To apply Marxism to current day struggles and processes we must read the classics and study historical events. The following are ten classic Marxist texts that every socialist should aim to read to develop their understanding of Marxist […]

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Film review: Straight Outta Compton

Film review: Straight Outta Compton

October 23, 2015 at 9:57 am

Reviewed by Eljeer Hawkins, CWI in the US The theatrical release and commercial success of Straight Outta Compton, a biographical film that chronicles the rise and fall of hip-hop’s super group N***** Wit Attitude (N.W.A), takes place at an important period in Black America, with rebellions in Ferguson and Baltimore […]

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Packed book launch in Melbourne

Packed book launch in Melbourne

July 23, 2015 at 6:15 am

On May 22 around 150 people packed out the Collingwood Gallery in Melbourne for the launch of the new book ‘Beating the big end of town’. Written by Socialist Party member Anthony Main the book outlines how a community campaign defeated the proposed East-West toll road. By Emma Linacre, Socialist […]

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