Occupy MayDay! Occupy Lenin!

The #OccupyMaydayGeneralStrike call is an attempt at a global general strike. There is intense political and theoretical discussion among liberals, radicals and Marxists about what Occupy is, its class composition, its demands, its prospects, and so on. This is not new as liberals, radicals and Marxists have had to debate Occupy’s progenitors – the Arab Revolution and the European revolt of the Indignados and the British youth riots. So what do revolutionary communists make of Occupy as a social movement and the ideological struggle between reformists, radicals and revolutionaries?

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The 1951 Lockout of port workers lasted 151 days

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RIP, SHIT, BUST: 29 Pike River miners find their Wealth in Heaven

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Talking about Suicide

The Tyranny of Silence When my son Bruno killed himself in January 2007 my first impulse was to talk about it. I, my partner, and the rest of my family, came up immediately… Continue reading

How the ‘Labour left’ sold out NZ workers in the 1990s

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Saint Jacques: Derrida and the Ghost of Marxism

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Antipodean Marxism meets Indigenous Peoples’ Struggles

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Lost in the Crowd? Hardt and Negri’s Empire and Multitude in Argentina

Introduction In their book Empire Hardt and Negri argue that today world capitalism has entered a new stage of development. ‘Empire’ is different from imperialism and is bigger than any particular country including… Continue reading

John Mulgan: A Modern Greek Tragedy

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Situations Vacant

Marx and Engels looking forward This is a session on ‘Social Critics’ and ‘Public Intellectuals’. But what do these terms mean in the current context? What ‘Society’? What ‘criticism’? What ‘Public’? What ‘intellectuals’?… Continue reading

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