Reviews & Letters

Film review: The Big Short

Film review: The Big Short

January 26, 2016 at 1:16 am

By Mel Gregson The Big Short is a Hollywood comedy about some of the people involved in the US housing market collapse that triggered the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08. Sounds terrible, huh? But it’s not. It’s excellent. Director Adam McKay goes to great lengths to explain details of Wall […]

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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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Successful gig against racism

Successful gig against racism

July 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

The venue, Whole Lotta Love, in East Brunswick (Melbourne) was nearly full on Sunday June 7 for the #NoRoomForRacism campaign fundraiser. Attendees donated around $750 which will be used to promote, organise and stage the upcoming rally against racism on July 18. By Jorden Griggs, Socialist Party Entertainment for the […]

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A big crowd attended the launch of Beating the big end of town in Melbourne on May 22nd, 2015.

Book review: Beating the big end of town

June 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

Reviewed by Chris Dite The East-West toll road was going to be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australian history. Its defeat – and the Napthine government’s simultaneous fall from power – defined the 2014 state election and undoubtedly altered the course of Victoria’s future. But how did a […]

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Review: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance state

Review: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance state

April 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

Reviewed by Tony Saunois, CWI This powerful, gripping and incisive book was first published on 13 May 2014. Glenn Greenwald and, of course, his star whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, have done a tremendous service in revealing the unimaginable scale of surveillance and repression being perpetrated in the USA, Britain and other […]

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Lindsay David’s Australia: Boom to Bust

Lindsay David’s Australia: Boom to Bust

March 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Reviewed by Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party “Lindsay David published his book in April of this year, called Australia: Boom to Bust, yet no journalist or reporter in the domestic media will review it. The only coverage has been a solitary article in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Nonetheless, […]

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