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Australian Issues

Re-igniting the struggle - draft of a paper advocating a Brisbane Workers Assembly, by Dave Eden
Occupy Brisbane 2012 - an assessment by Dave Eden
A Timeline for anniversaries  1915 & 1965 Useful for planning radical activities
A Timeline for anniversaries  1916 & 1966 Useful for planning radical activities
Howard’s Grave Diggers - Michael Connors writes on Australian unions and their challenges
Geneology of the term "Terra Nullius" - an article by Andrew Fitzmaurice in 2007 on the term "terra nullius"
Who was Jack Simpson - a polemical pamphlet on the working class origins of Simpson (of the donkey fame)
Jack Simpson - red hot unionist - a poster
Shooting Koalas and the fur industry 1927 -article by N.L. Howlett
The rich in Sydney during the depression era - article by Drew Cottle
The Australian left and the ANZAC tradition - talk and article by David Faber 2015
The myths of pluralism - article by John Playford
A new use for central Australia - ironic article in 1917 on war and central Australia
Mining Tax - talk by Joe Collins at Eureka Dinner

General Politics

The Family, sex and marriage:   by Lawrence Stone - a history of the economic basis of marriage over the period 1500 - 1800
The Long Con a 2015 book review by Jackson Lears : The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organised Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser
Promoting PLutocracy a 2015 review of US regime-change practice and impact on democratic rightsin recent times - by Stephen Gowans
Paper Tiger Finance by Hung Ho-Fang - a review of Walter & Howie's Red Capitalism: Fragile foundation of China's rise
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
Class analysis of the 1979 Iranian revolution by Satyananda Gabriel
Problems in China - from the Economist October 2015
Problems in China II - from the Economist October 2015


Problems and Analysis of Capitalism

Using Human Nature - the Advertising Industry:   by Merle Curti - a history of the advertising industry reliance on changing ideas of human nature
Worldwide shipping industry and its cost pressures:   from Wikipedia - a tutorial on the Baltic Dry index - the price for shipping raw materials and the collapse of this price in the past 10 years - a backgrounder to the changes of employment on the waterfront.
Financial oligopolies and the control of tech startups:   by William Cohen - an article from Fortune magazine on the underlying control of big financial capital over the much hyped tech startups
Capital and the Production of Needs:   by Michael Lebowitz
Marx's Falling Rate of Profit - a Dialectical View:
  by Michael Lebowitz

Crisis in capitalism - November 2015
     Articles in The Economist Nov 2015
ABC, Foreign Affairs and Indonesia 1966-69   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, and also exposes the horrific loss of life of the Boer families in these 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.
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.
Finance 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
All Quiet on the Western Front - a review by Modris Eksteins - war, memory & politics
The Crises of Democratic Capitalism - by Wolfgang Streeck