why socialism

Australia’s 33 billionaires increased their wealth by more than $38 billion dollars last year — or more than $1 billion each. That is more than $3 million each a day!

The most striking lesson to take home from the recent UK election is that left wing ideas can win popular support in an advanced capitalist country today. They said Socialism was dead but veteran socialist Corbyn is proving them wrong.

The internal rifts inside the Liberal Party means the task of building a stronger socialist left in this country is even more urgent.

The February 5 announcement that the Victorian Socialists — an alliance of socialist groups, including the Socialist Alliance — will contest the upper house in the upcoming Victorian elections flags a new, exciting opening for the left and progressive movements.

Arguably the best approach we can take to help create the conditions for a mass left-wing break to occur is to build the social movements.

The task of building a stronger socialist left in this country remains.

People are turned off participating in the political process in Australia but they are also moving leftward in their political attitudes.

The shock resignations from parliament of Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters highlights one of many undemocratic features in the Australian Constitution.

When the Greek people voted “no” to creditor demands by 61.5%, the ECB tightened the screws even more. It is clear the Troika wants total surrender — to hammer home the message that “there is no alternative”. In reality, the only fair way out of the crisis is to write off the debt that is not just unpayable — as even the IMF admits behind closed doors — but illegitimate.

If #Libspill can be summed up as the “madness of Abbott”, we have to recognise that this and other symptoms of political “madness” (such as Trump) are expressions of the dangerous times we live in.

Newcastle unionist and socialist, Steve O'Brien proudly waves the red flag for workers rights on May Day.

Socialist Alliance is running in the Queensland elections to help build an anti-capitalist current in Queensland and national politics.

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