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The articles which are linked below have been recommended for inclusion in this site by members of the network. Some are from the Surplus Value journal, but others are just recommended reading. Please send any suggestions for articles to our contact email.


Australian Issues
A Timeline for anniversaries  Useful for planning radical activities
Howard’s Grave Diggers - Michael Connors writes on Australian unions and their challenges
The Gap Between Work and Choice - David Peetz analyses Work Choices and its effects on workers
The Workers Audit - An audit of Qld finances by a group of "angry workers" to expose the inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the current (July 2012) Qld Govt audit of finances
 The BLF - Never Powerless - A short introduction to the Builders Labourers Federation - "Never Powerless" - lessons for the 21st Century, by Brian Boyd
Geneology of the term "Terra Nullius" - an article by Andrew Fitzmaurice in 2007 on the term "terra nullius"
The BLF - Lessons for the 21st Century - a lengthy document with articles by 6 former BLF members on the story of the BLF in the 1970s & 1980s

Marx and the Machine? - Donald Mackenzie writes about Marxism and the role of the development of technology  in the growth of capitals.
Why Socialism? - Albert Einstein’s Monthly Review article expressing his belief in socialism
The Tempest of History - Terry Eagleton's engaging article on the need for socialism
Does Ecology Need Marx? - Martha Jimenez writes about the ecology and Marxism
Revolution is the Only Answer - An interview with John Bellamy Foster on ecology and Marxism

Why Socialism Did Not Fail - Sharat Lin analyses why socialism did not fail in the USSR
Wage Robbery - or How Surplus Value is made - A short article published in a 1965 edition of the BLF journal, explaining surplus value and class politics. An excellent example of political education in a workers journal.
Reviews on Stalin - A review article on books about the causes and consequences of Stalinism, published in 2009

History of Crisis Theories - a general introduction by Anwar Shaikh on the history of theories of crisis

Problems and Analysis of Capitalism
ABC, Foreign Affairs and Indonesia 1965-69  A 2003 analysis of the Australian Foreign Affairs Dept and ABC coverage of the Indonesian crisis of 1965-69 by Karim Najjarine & Drew Cottle.
Boer Camps - An analysis of modernisation in the context of the Boer War British concentration camps.
Raw Materials Supply - A history of the supply of raw materials during the industrial revolution, and its relevance to the growth of capital during that period.
Serf or Slave - A discussion of the development of serfdom, and the relationship between the proportions of labour to land in relation to this.
Fair Value Accounting - A lecture  by Prof Rob Bryer, Warwick Business School, of direct relevance to the Glabal Financial system.
Fair Value Accounting - A
lecture  by Prof Rob Bryer, Warwick Business School, of direct relevance to the Glabal Financial system.
Professing In-Equality - Some interesting Press quots on equality and inequality - revealing the values of the politicians who have uttered them.
Financial Sytem - Current Notes - A series of powerpoint slides of a talk by Claudio Borio, Manager in the Bank of International Settlements - "The financial cycle, the debt trap, and financial stagnation" - an insight into the minds of the financial bourgeoise.
Mineral Rents - A history of the development of laws for property rights in mining - during the mineral boom in  Nevada, USA in the 1860s.
inance Capital and the GFC - A summary of technical terms associated with finance capital - transcribed from a special edition of Historial Materialism - Symposium in 2009 on the Global Financial Crisis
Factory Discipline in the Industrial Revolution - An article by Sydney Pollard detailing the disciplining of industrial workers in England in the 1770s.  Relevant to the story of working class under current capitalism.
Bank of International Settlements - Report by Manager 2014  Outlines three policies he recommends to "step out of the crisis" - one major voice of international finance.
LIBOR Explained
A review article in London Review of Books, 2008 by Donald Mackenzie
Speculation in Iron Ore Prices -
A two part article in Spiegel Online from 1st June, 2010 on the speculation in iron ore prices being driven by multinational iron-ore miners in Australia and the finance capital behind them - and the danger that this could lead to another dangerous "speculative bubble"
Marx's Economics: A Dual theory of value and growth ?
from a book chapter by Michio Morishima
What Keeps Capitalism Going? -
Michael Lebowitz’ essay on why capitalism continues to grow
Somewhere a Banker Smiles -

Joe Bageant writes about the wealthy, ruling elite under capitalism
The Capitalist Workday -
Michael Lebowitz writes about work under capitalism and socialism
Housework Under Capitalism -
Cindy L’Hirondelle examines the free labour of housework
State, Capital and Economic Policy - Chapter 1 State Management of Labour Power -
an extract from the book by Suzanne de Brunhoff
State, Capital and Economic Policy - Chapter 2 State Management of Money - an extract from the book by Suzanne de Brunhoff
Gold: Durability of a Barbarous Relic - an essay by Peter Cochrane in 1981 on gold as a measure of value.
From the Gold Standard to the Floating Dollar Standard - an essay by Ramaa Vasudevan from Colorado University in 2008, - an appraisal in the light of Marx's Theory of Money.
Employees each mine a $1 million seam -
an extract from an article in the Australian Financial Review, May 2011 by Adrian Rollins on the capital generated by each mining worker in Australia

Book Reviews, Art & Culture
Still Working - Review of the book, Modern Times, Ancient Hours, by Pietro Basso
Revolutionary Art -
Dedication speech by Mike Alewitz for the Labor Art and Mural Project
Dialectics for the New Century -
Introduction to new Bertell Ollman book on dialectics