Daily Archives: October 20, 2015

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Bringing out the dead in Kansas City

[Publisher’s Note: For those interested in revolutionary politics, read this excerpt from a memoir http://louisproyect.org/2015/10/19/bringing-out-the-dead-in-kansas-city/ that wbt reproduces here under Fair Use. Thanks to comrade Gary for sending me the link. Ian Curr, October 2015.]

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URGENT COMMUNITY NOTICE. ANOTHER BLACK DEATH IN CUSTODY.

SHAUN COOLWELL DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY AT LOGAN ON THE 2ND. OCTOBER. THE FAMILY HAD CALLED FOR AN AMBULANCE AS SHAUN NEEDED URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION. HE WAS LOSING BLOOD FROM A CUT ARTERY. ‘TEN COP CARS TURNED UP. SHAUN NEEDED … Continue reading

Australia you’re standing in it part 1: the pulse rate of accumulation

With Sober Senses

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Something is going on. Something is changing. There is a shift in the trajectory that capitalism in Australia is taking. At the recent National Reform Summit Martin Parkinson, a former head of Treasury remarked that ‘Unless we actually grab this challenge by the horns and really get concrete about what are the priority issues, we are actually going to find ourselves sleepwalking into a real mess’(Martin 2015). The metaphor of Australia sleepwalking towards recession is now resonating in the echo chamber of the political class and sums up their dual concerns: on the one hand a decline in the accumulation of capital; and on the other that the political apparatus and the broader society seems unable to do anything to change course, perhaps is even aware, and is moving without, or despite of, conscious control. Australia is slouching towards, or is already sunk in, political and economic malfunction.

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