Monthly Archives: June 2011

Really existing socialism…in the United States

So here’s an interesting video about some really existing socialism in the US, and no I’m not talking about the military.

Can you imagine what local government would be like in Australia if this was how we did things?

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Australian scars of rebellion

Australia is like our bush. To the untrained eye, the casual observer, it’s a land of unceasing monotony stretching languidly on, past any distance you can comprehend. The bush appears flat, brown and dry. At times it can feel like things have always been just so, and will always be so. What has changed in the last millions of years other than the mountains hunching into hills as they age? It’s far too easy to be pessimistic about any sort of positive change happening in Australia. Continue reading

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It’s Equality, stupid!

Equality. It’s not a dirty word. Say it. Feel it roll off your tongue. For such a small word it really hangs in the air.

I read The Spirit Level last year, and I highly recommend checking out the website of the people who run the Equality Trust.

The more equal a society the lower the rates of mental illness. The more equal a society the lower the rate of murder. I could go on for a whole bunch of stuff from social trust to obesity.  Once a society gets to a certain level of wealth it’s no longer a question about gross national income but the quality of wealth distribution. I could go on further and explain with words but I think the short film with puppets below does a better job. Feel free to show it to your children or somebody else’s and brainwash them.

I believe in Equality. Equality as an absolute value – not some politically correct guff about “equality of opportunity”. Do you? Are you prepared to fight for it?

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