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Crimes of Remembrance

By Humphrey McQueen (first published in The Vanguard – a ‘paper that puts local working class struggles at its core’)

Throughout the ‘sordid trade war’ of 1914-18, anti-imperialists warned volunteers that capitalism was not in the business of providing homes fit for heroes. The militarists treated such home truths as prejudicial to recruitment. Their critics were arrested, fined or imprisoned.

Within twelve years, the truth of the Antis’ case was obvious around the world. From 1930, the governments that had sent millions to die were forcing millions of survivors to dig ditches on sustenance pay, the ‘susso’. In Melbourne, ex-servicemen had ‘preference’ to build the Shrine of Remembrance. Continue reading