[Debate] What's new at Links: Towards a Socialist Australia; Venezuela media; Pakistan; Asia; Paul LeBlanc/Lars Lih; 1 million climate jobs; capitalist production; May Day; Malaysia
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon May 7 10:42:07 BST 2012
What's new at Links: Towards a Socialist Australia; Venezuela media;
Pakistan; Asia; Paul Le Blanc/Lars Lih; 1 million climate jobs;
capitalist production; May Day; Malaysia
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Socialist Alliance releases 'Towards a Socialist Australia'
discussion document <http://links.org.au/node/2855>
May 5, 2012 -- The following document,/Towards a Socialist Australia,
/was adopted as a discussion draft by the 8th national conference of the
Socialist Alliance <http://www.socialist-alliance.org>, held in Sydney,
January 20-22, 2012.
Socialist Alliance also voted to consult with members, supporters and
allies in the social movements to improve the draft and deepen our
collective understanding of the political climate and the nature of the
economic and environmental crises.
We hope that by starting a broad discussion about socialism we will
advance and further unite the socialist movement in Australia.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2855>
Venezuela: Making a 'state for revolution' -- the example of
community and public media <http://links.org.au/node/2849>
By *Lee Artz*
May 1, 2012 -- The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela has built mass
organisations of workers and communities that have erratically
challenged class and market relations---verifying that taking political
power is difficult but essential to fundamental social change and that
capitalist cultural practices complicate the revolutionary process. This
article identifies components of state power, separating state apparatus
(government) as a crucial site for instituting social change. The case
of democratic, participatory communication and public media access is
presented as central to the successes and problems of Venezuela's 21st
century socialism. Drawing on field research in community media in
Caracas, this essay highlights some of the politico-cultural challenges
and class contradictions in producing and distributing cultural values
and social practices for a new socialist hegemony necessary for
fundamental social change.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2849>
Pakistan: Protest torture of Baba Jan, 'prisoner of climate change'
May 3, 2012 -- The following letter to protest the beating and continued
detention of *Baba Jan* (pictured speaking above), *Waqar* and other
activists was sent to Pakistan's High Commissioner (ambassador) to
Australia by the *Socialist Alliance*. Readers of /Links International
Journal of Socialist Renewal/ are urged to send similar letters to
Pakistan embassies and consulate in their own countries.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2847>
Can Asia save global capitalism? <http://links.org.au/node/2853>
By *Reihana Mohideen*
May 4, 2012 -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just held its annual
board meeting in Manila, accompanied by much publicity and fanfare about
"sustainable and socially inclusive development". A key framework
document presented is entitled /How Can Asia Respond to Global Economic
Crisis and Transformation/. The paper was prepared by a team of ADB
technocrats and other leading gurus of neoliberal economic dogma, such
as Jeffrey Sachs.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2853>
Paul Le Blanc responds to Lars Lih: Bolshevism and party building --
convergence and questions <http://links.org.au/node/2852>
*[Click HERE to follow the entire debate on Lenin
By *Paul Le Blanc*
May 5, 2012 -- Revolutionary upheavals are made possible by the coming
together of a number of diverse factors, one of which is the
organisation, accumulation of experience and proliferating influence of
"Did the Bolshevik Party become the leading party of the Russian
proletariat, and hence the Russian nation, by chance?", asked Italian
revolutionary Antonio Gramsci in 1924. A brilliant and knowledgeable
analyst, he answered his own question: "The selection process lasted
thirty years; it was extremely arduous; it often assumed what appeared
to be the strangest and most absurd forms." He added that the process
involved "struggles of factions and small groups; ... it meant splits
and fusions ..." (Gramsci, /Selections from Political Writings
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2852>
One million climate jobs now! The video <http://links.org.au/node/2851>
May 4, 2012 -- The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group is
organising a Climate Jobs Caravan in England and Scotland in May 2012.
Based on the /Million Climate Jobs report/, produced with the assistance
of Public and Commercial Services Union, the University and College
Union, the Communication Workers Union and the Transport Salaried
Staffs' Association, the caravan will highlight how creating climate
jobs can help tackle the twin crises of the ecomony and climate change.
This inspiring video sets out the caravan's message. The full 33-minute
version, along with eight other videos about the struggle for justice,
can be purchased on a DVD from /Reel News./
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2851>
Revolutionising production itself: for humanity and for the world
By *Mike Ely*
April 24, 2012 -- There is a valuable exchange happening on the /Kasama/
website site. I won't try to encapsulate it here, but want to respond to
it. I think there are some sharp contradictions here --- that are posed
within our theory, and within the very choices facing people*.*
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2848>
May Day greetings from the Socialist Alliance: Time for a wide
discussion about socialism in the 21st century
May 1, 2012 -- The *Socialist Alliance* in Australia sends warm
comradely greetings for May Day 2012. May Day this year takes place in
tumultuous conditions: the multiple crises confronting global capitalism
are deepening, while mass resistance to its brutal rule grows. Taken all
together, the people's uprisings across the Arab world, the mass
demonstrations and strikes occurring in Europe, the Occupy actions in
the United States and the ongoing efforts of Latin American
revolutionaries to construct socialism of the 21st century pose a huge
challenge to the capitalist system.
The capitalist class is desperately striving to force working people and
the entire Third World to pay for the worldwide economic, social and
ecological crises it has created, but the momentum towards change and
the creation of a system that puts the needs of people and the
environment before private profit cannot be easily stopped.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2846>
Bersih 3.0: Najib fears Merdeka Square could become Malaysia's
'Tahrir', says socialist leader <http://links.org.au/node/2845>
By *Peter Boyle*
May 1, 2012 -- S. Arutchelvan, secretary general of the Socialist Party
of Malaysia (PSM), is a veteran of many demonstrations. But the Bersih
3.0 mobilisation, which he estimates was between 100,000
-150,000-strong, was the biggest he's been a part of yet in the country.
"It was a huge success", he told /Green Left Weekly/, "and it terrified
the Barisan Nasional [BN] government."
"The BN government sees Merdeka Square as its Tahrir Square. They do not
want to see -- and for the public and the world to see -- images of it
being occupied by democratic movement. It is their political survival.
Since 2011 PM Najib [Razak] has been worrying about the Arab Spring
spreading to Malaysia. He said his government would not let it happen.
So on April 28, the riot police was used to prevent the people from
getting to Merdeka Square at any cost.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2845>
Malaysia: Hundreds of thousands demand democratic elections at
Bersih 3.0; police attack peaceful protest
April 30, 2012 -- The Coalition of Free and Fair Elections (Bersih --
meaning "clean" in Malay), the movement for free and fair elections in
Malaysia, said that the April 28 rally was a great success, claiming
that 300,000 Malaysians had joined the Bersih 3.0 rally in the capital
Kuala Lumpur. Bersih called for a mass sit in on April 28 because it
suspects that the country's entrenched Barisan Nasional (BN) government
is about to call a general election without addressing widespread
electoral irregularities. Rallies were also held in around 85 cities
around Malaysia and across the world.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2844>
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