I will be shopping, today
For tofu and toilet paper
And, in a way,
Sugar that isn’t
These are the daily steps
This man takes
Of shopping, and washing
And reading of our wakes
Then writing the blog
That no one reads
Expressing their hopes
or fulfilling my needs?
Where Facebook takes hold
And ages us, growing old
We become the past
And only last
In bitter words
I sent this to the Canberra Times in response to their publication of Rick Kuhn’s good article on the veneer of democracy in bourgeois society.
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On Saturday Adam Goodes announced he was retiring. On Sunday Joe Hockey followed suit. We will miss Adam Goodes.
In the latest edition of Solidarity magazine Peter Jones argues:
‘Perspectives for the Australian economy are bleaker than for some time.
‘As a result bosses are stepping up demands for productivity increases and cuts to penalty rates [among other things – JP]. Workers will need to step up resistance through strikes and industrial action and refuse to bear the cost of maintaining corporate profits.’
A day can be a long time in politics. The election of Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party on Monday night and his installation on Tuesday as Prime Minister has turned bourgeois politics in Australia on its head.
Before that, Labor had been in cruise mode, relying on Tony Abbott’s failed leadership to deliver it victory in 2016. Bill Shorten was the perfect leader for the somnambulist ALP in the time of Abbott. Turnbull’s ascendency challenges that.
In the last five years the Prime Ministership in Australia has changed once because of an election and 3 times because the Party has replaced the leader.
It is an interesting time line.
2010 Rudd to Gillard
2013 Gillard to Rudd to Abbott
2015 Abbott to Turnbull
What is going on? Why all this turmoil at the top?