From Finland to Iraq?

Looking at the Seymour Hersh article of March on the shift of American Middle East policy towards an alliance with Sunni groups against Shia and in particular Iran. Hersh describes the deliberate attempt to muddy the waters and somehow convince Americans that the Iranian government is responsible for American deaths in Iraq. Attitudes to Iran […]

Collective bargaining

Criticism of Australian Labor’s industrial relations proposals: Forward With Fairness have largely focused on the AWA issue. However it aims to implement a commitment to ‘good faith’ bargaining with worker support for collective bargaining to be determined by a range of criteria such as union membership, petitions and ballots. Interesting that this issue is on […]

Remembering Richard Rorty

The passing of Richard Rorty attracted little attention in Australia, although there was a discussionof his philosophical work on the ABC. His specifically political work was ignored. Rorty identified himself strongly with the old anticommunist left, in his Achieving Our Country: ‘the war against Stalin was as legitimate, and as needed as the war against […]

Georgia Special Election

Is the Georgia special election for the 10th district a Democrat disappointment? The Democrats have not made it into the top two and the run-off will be between two Republicans. When I heard of the election I thought of Gene Taylor’s secure hold on the 4th district of Mississippi, Taylor is a Democrat although probably […]

A Bloomberg candidacy?

The decision of New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg to change his party registration from Republican to Independent is widely seen as preparatory to a third-party run for the Presidency. Bloomberg is extremely wealthy but even in the US money can buy only a limited amount of votes. Bloomberg makes the usual claim about political polarisation […]