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Trumping the laws of capital

by Humphrey McQueen

A presentation given to Solidarity Breakfast on Radio 3CR, 17 December 2016

Trump Make America Great AgainThis morning we’re weaving three strands. The first continues our tracking of the on-going blockage to the expansion of capital. The second is the sesqui-centenary of the Das Kapital, next September. And the third is the economic programme proposed by Donald Trump.

We’re not in the least concerned with personalities. We’ll leave such trivia to the deplorables who can’t think beyond 124 characters. Nor are we concerned with the injustice of Trump’s programme.

We’ll leave it to the remnant of bourgeois progressives to point up the inequalities and the criminality. As scientists, Marxists penetrate beneath such surfaces to the unique kind of exploitation that is essential for the expansion of capital.

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CUB55 workers – 162 Eureka Anniversary

On the 1 December Spirit of Eureka represenative, Shirley Winton, gave the following tribute to the CUB55 (55 sacked Carlton United Brewery workers)

CUB55 AnniversaryWe acknowledge that we’re standing on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of this land.  We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and the long struggle for justice and sovereignty of this country’s First Nations people.

There’s no better place in Melbourne to commemorate this year’s 162 anniversary of the great Eureka Stockade rebellion, than here at this CUB brewery Abbotsford site of the long and difficult struggle by CUB 55 workers in their Battle of the Breweries.  We honour the 10,000 Eureka rebels, some of whom paid with their lives in the fight for justice and a fair go for all working people. And we pay tribute to the courageous and resolute CUB55 workers who are carrying Eureka’s fighting spirit for justice and fairness for all workers of this country.  The Eureka Stockade is an enduring and inspiring legacy of ordinary people’s struggles for justice, dignity and democratic rights.

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The “Secret” TISA, TTIP and TTP = Corporate Hegemony and Economic Warfare

This article came from Global Research, September 30, 2016

Whilst the President elect Donald Trump will pull the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership there are other nefarious trade and economic agreements that the Eagle Empire wishes to impose on the world. This article expounds the malevolent thinking and planning behind these agreements.

by Makia Freeman

TISA, TTIP and TPP continue to be negotiated in secret, as WikiLeaks recently released a new leak from the updated TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) core text and annexes. If you want to know what TISA means in 7 words, it’s this: total privatization and commodification of public services.

Unfortunately, once something is privatized, it becomes very difficult to ever get it back into the public hands. Of the 3 T-Treaties, TISA is the largest, encompassing 24 countries (including blocs such as the EU) which produce over 2/3 of global GDP, yet has received the least attention.

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Trump's election in US: consequences for Australia

The article below was a speech given by Stephen Darley at the Adelaide Eureka Dinner, 26th November 2016

Eureka Dinner 2016The world just dodged a bullet folks – a nuclear bullet. The election of Hilary Clinton in the US (it was more an anti-Clinton than a pro-Trump election) would have brought us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the 1980's, and possibly closer.  From well before the recent election, and all during it, she advocated a no-fly zone in Syria – which the US General Dunsford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unequivocally stated would mean a war with Russia. The world's second-biggest nuclear power – so how long from conventional to nuclear escalation? And a nuclear war with even a portion (perhaps 1/3) of current global arsenals would kill most people on the planet from starvation over a 1-2 year period. In a Wikileak of her paid speeches to Wall Street, Clinton said "To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of their air defenses, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk – you’re going to kill a lot of civilians." (we can imagine a shrug at that stage).

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When Australia said ‘no’ to conscription

This article came from Altmedia, Sydney

by Michaela Morgan

Anti-Conscription Greatest VictoryPeace activists gathered at Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville last week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the defeat of the WWI conscription referendum.

Two referenda took place under the Prime Ministership of Billy Hughes, the first one in October 1916 and then again in December 1917—both were unsuccessful.

Speaking at the event, activist Hall Greenland said it was “the greatest victory for grass roots democracy in the history of Australia.”
Mr Greenland said the “no” vote defied those in power at the time and that during both campaigns anti-conscriptionists fought hard to battle the strict censorship regulations that were introduced as a war time measure.

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