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Marx as a ‘dead dog’

by Humphrey McQueen

A presentation given to Solidarity Breakfast on Radio 3CR, 4 March 2017

Karl MarxIn introducing the second German edition of Capital, Marx refers to Hegel as ‘that mighty thinker’ who was being treated as ‘a dead dog’. Marx promises to distance himself that assessment by flirting with Hegel’s vocabulary. There’s never been a time since the publication of Capital 150 years ago this September when Marx was not also being dismissed as a ‘dead dog’.

The difference between the reputations of Hegel and Marx derives from Marx’s contributions to working people as an activist and as ‘the greatest living thinker’, to quote Engels at his graveside. Marx’s involvement with class struggles why ‘there’s life in the old dog yet.’ Yet his commitment to the weak and to the poor, to the oppressed and to the exploited, is also why forests have been felled to spread the allegation that Marxism is dead and ought to be buried along with him.

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Construction workers lead the fight!

This article was a "Stop the War on Workers" leaflet distributed by Spirit of Eureka in a number of capital cities, March 9th.


Construction Workers 2017

  • Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates
  • Reintroduction of the ABCC
  • CUB dispute
  • China Australia Free Trade Agreement
  • 2016 Building Code…the list goes on!

All these attacks are aimed at one thing…destroying the hard fought for pay and conditions of generations of Australian workers, and their unions!

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Workers struggling to improve safety on South Australian construction sites despite deaths

by Aaron Cartledge *
February 17, 2017

This article was first published in a local Adelaide newspaper. It is republished with permission of the author.

Aaron Cartledge and Pam Gurner-HallMASTER Builders Association chief executive officer Ian Markos has obviously not worked on a building site in South Australia lately and encountered a safety breach that might have endangered his life.

If he had, he might understand that safety and jobs are not separate issues but interconnected. Here’s how.

If Ian was working on a site and noticed a problem, unlike his counterparts in other states, he would not be able to invite a specialist OHS officer from the union or other organisations to assist in resolving the problem.

He would find that there’s no dedicated safety officer on site as there used to be for workplaces with 20 or more workers and that the person responsible is the project manager.

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Keep Australia out of US wars

Launch of a public campaignIPAN logo

“Keep Australia out of US Wars – A public call for an independent and peaceful Australian foreign policy.”

The Independent and Peaceful Australia (IPAN) and its affiliates are seeking your support in collecting signatures for a public statement to keep Australia out of US wars.   The statement will be circulated widely nationally, inviting people to sign and promote the call for an independent and peaceful Australian foreign policy.

John Pilger, the world re-knowned Australian journalist and film maker has already signed the statement, as have others.

It is planned for the statement to be published as an advertisement in mainstream media, once we have collected sufficient funds to cover advertising costs.

The statement will also be widely circulated on social media, on-line journals and independent news outlets.

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Red Armband View of History

 Collated and authorised by the never-died collective


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Bank of New South Wales (Westpac) sets up under false pretenses.

21 December: Gov. Macquarie adopts the name ‘Australia’.


March: Federal Council formed.

Victoria imposes first tariff on imports.

Pacific islanders bought for £7.

17 June: birth of Henry Lawson:

"I was born on Grenfell Flat

And you can’t get over that..."

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