May 21, 2018 – 10:17 am EST |

Part 2 here. “Working around a core of former Stanford University Maoists, League of Revolutionary Struggle supporters and Unity Organizing Committee members, Steve Phillips has created a network that has infiltrated the highest levels of the Democratic Party.” San Francisco lawyer Steve Phillips was a Marxist-Leninist student activist in the 1980’s, a supporter of the “League of […]

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Debating Kate On Academic Accountability
August 20, 2006 – 8:50 am EST |
Debating Kate On Academic Accountability

Cactus Kate posted an interesting piece on Auckland Uni law lecturer, Jane Kelsey. Acknowledging Kelsey’s undoubted intelligence and ability, … why should taxpayers pay to have their children indoctrinated, intimidated or browbeaten by the likes of Jane Kelsey?”. Kate then replied in a comment. Because it is excellent training for the “real world” that’s why. […]

Chavez on Israeli "Fascism"
August 19, 2006 – 12:42 am EST |
Chavez on Israeli "Fascism"

If there was any doubt which side Venezuela’s Marxist leader Hugo Chavez stands in the Israel/Hezbollah/Hamas conflict, it should be removed by this interview with Arabic radio station, Aljazeera From the website of Australian revolutionary youth group, Resistance. We feel that the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians and against Lebanon is directed against us too. […]

Why We Need Rodney’s Rates Capping Bill
August 19, 2006 – 12:16 am EST |
Why We Need Rodney’s Rates Capping Bill

From Lindsay Mitchell’s Blog A Waikato Times Stuff poll today asks; Work on a new Ibis Hotel started in central Hamilton this week, with the Hamilton City Council one of three partners in the venture. Is this a role you like seeing the council in, property development? 67.4 percent say NO Local government is a […]

Can You Believe These Drongoes?
August 18, 2006 – 2:40 am EST |
Can You Believe These Drongoes?

From the Communist Party of Australia’s Guardian 16.8.06 Sydney saluted Fidel in grand style as hundreds upon hundreds filled Petersham Town Hall full to overflowing. On a theme of “the revolution lives on!” those present wished Comrade Fidel a happy birthday and a speedy recovery. Eating luscious South American food, they enjoyed a multicultural program […]

Judge and Lefties Get it Right
August 17, 2006 – 11:51 pm EST |
Judge and Lefties Get it Right

From Aljazeera A federal judge in Detroit has ordered the Bush administration to halt the National Security Agency’s programme of domestic eavesdropping, saying it violated the US constitution. Thursday’s ruling was a setback for the Bush administration, which has defended the programme as an essential tool in its “war on terrorism“. Judge Anna Diggs Taylor […]

CPUSA Helps US Democrats
August 17, 2006 – 11:08 pm EST |
CPUSA Helps US Democrats

All over the western world, traditional Marxist-Leninist parties do their damnedest to influence national elections in favour of the local social democratic, socialist or labour party. The Socialist Unity Party used to work for Labour victories in NZ (its remnants still do), the Communist Party of Australia helps the ALP, the French Communist Party helps […]

Why Must We Pay Socialist Academics to Warp Our Kids Minds?
August 17, 2006 – 2:18 am EST |
Why Must We Pay Socialist Academics to Warp Our Kids Minds?

Cactus Kate has written a very interesting piece about her experiences with Auckland Uni law academic, Jane Kelsey. Anybody studying law at Auckland will probably meet Kelsey, as Kate notes Chances are you have to as her specialist subjects Jurisprudence (Marxism) and Legal System, are compulsory. Kate describes Kelsey thus Kelsey is extremely marketable in […]

Don Franks on "The Tour"
August 15, 2006 – 10:52 pm EST |
Don Franks on "The Tour"

Don Franks of the Workers Party has posted an interesting speech on Indymedia, on his activity during the 1981 Sprinbok Tour of NZ. The speech was delivered at a recent meeting at Victoria University. Franks was a member of the Maoist leaning Workers Communist League in 1981, so was in good position to understand the […]

Sam Webb On Using Capitalism to Build Socialism
August 15, 2006 – 10:46 pm EST |
Sam Webb On Using Capitalism to Build Socialism

It is commonly received wisdom that communism as a political force is pretty much dead. This is in spite of huge gains for Marxist forces in Latin America, a growing communist movement in Europe, Africa and South Asia and a general move to the left worldwide. However many communist ruled or dominated countries have adopted […]

Anti-Western Alliance Forming
August 15, 2006 – 4:04 am EST |
Anti-Western Alliance Forming

Further evidence of the growing anti Western Alliance forming between the socialist, “formerly” socialist and Islamic worlds. From the Communist Party USA’s latest Peoples Weekly World Fresh from the Mercosur Summit in Argentina, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left July 23 on a world trip to strengthen alliances, secure trade deals and gain support for Venezuela’s […]

ACT Upper South Conference
August 15, 2006 – 2:58 am EST |
ACT Upper South Conference

ACT held its Upper South regional conference in Christchurch on Sunday A very good turnout heard Heather Roy outline ACT’s vision for alleviating child abuse. While many commentators since the recent deaths of the Kahui twins have proposed increased state intervention in every child’s life, Heather promoted the targeted approach. Rather than blanket every family […]

Will Ex Red Become an Ex Green?
August 14, 2006 – 5:21 am EST |
Will Ex Red Become an Ex Green?

Green Party activist, Phil U at Phwoar thiks that new co-leader, Russell (a former member of the Australian Marxist-Leninist group the Democratic Socialist Party)is to blame for the Greens drop in the polls. the news in this poll is the ongoing dive in the polls by the greens…. their disasterous leadership choice is coming home […]

The Workers Party Wants You (And Your Dollar)!
August 14, 2006 – 12:43 am EST |
The Workers Party Wants You (And Your Dollar)!

The Workers Party is undertaking a membership drive to make themselves the largest far left party in the country. The WP is the outer shell of the Revolutionary Workers League, a strange mixture of Maoism and Trotskyism, modelled I believe on the US Workers World Party. To join the Workers Party you simply have to […]

South African Communist Statement on Israel
August 14, 2006 – 12:09 am EST |
South African Communist Statement on Israel

The South African Communist Party, through its domination of the ANC government is effectively South Africa’s ruling party. Therefore this statement, released after last weekend’s SACP central committee meeting in Johannesburg is more than mere revolutionary rhetoric. From the Independent On Line In a wide-ranging statement, the SACP also called for sanctions against Israel, trade […]

South Africa Going Down the Zimbabwe Road?
August 13, 2006 – 11:58 pm EST |
South Africa Going Down the Zimbabwe Road?

From the Independent On Line The South African Communist Party on Sunday welcomed the land affairs minister’s decision to do away with the “willing buyer/willing seller” policy in land reform. “In particular we welcome her commitment to set deadlines to negotiations over price of land under claim, and her commitment to expropriation thereafter. The SACP […]

Hide on the Environment
August 13, 2006 – 9:57 am EST |
Hide on the Environment

Here’s part of the speech Rodney Hide’s latest speech on environmental issues. For the full speech go here. “ACT believes that every party needs to tackle environmental issues. Every Kiwi needs to be aware. New Zealand’s biggest environmental crime has been locking ourselves into big government programs, while overlooking the steps that individuals can take. […]

Heather Roy on Our Sick, Socialist, Health System
August 11, 2006 – 5:57 am EST |
Heather Roy on Our Sick, Socialist, Health System

ACT’s Heather Roy is “da bomb” when it comes to understanding our health system. Her logic is irrefutable. It’s just a pity that socialists live by a different system. “I had the following story relayed to me this week: At one New Zealand hospital recently there was a deadlock as the number of admissions exceeded […]

My Money’s on the Panther
August 11, 2006 – 1:20 am EST |
My Money’s on the Panther

Which will we see first? The South Canterbury Panther secretive and black The South Canterbury Speedster paying the money back. Thanks to Andrew Falloon and Whale Oil

Labour's Union "Partnership" Scam
August 10, 2006 – 2:44 am EST |
Labour's Union "Partnership" Scam

Writing on Kiwiblog, David Farrar has highlighted one of the Labour government’s biggest money and power grubbing scams. It is interesting to read that the rate of union membership in the private sector has dropped to a miniscule 9% (was 48% in 1990), yet in the public sector is a massive 68%. But it is […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.s? Numbers 12 & 13 Dougall McNeill and Shomi Yoon
August 10, 2006 – 1:18 am EST |
W.A.Y.N.C.R.s? Numbers 12 & 13 Dougall McNeill and Shomi Yoon

Those of you who studied at Otago in the late’90s or Victoria in the early “noughties” might remember the subjects of my latest “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?” profiles, Dougall McNeill and Shomi Yoon. Both were active in Brian Roper’s Trotskyite sect, the International Socialists at Otago Uni. In Aug 1999, McNeill addressed a […]

Commies Are NOT Cool!
August 10, 2006 – 12:21 am EST |
Commies Are NOT Cool!

My old friend Reuben Chapple, makes me look like a hand wringing pinko. Below is a recent letter he sent to the Listener. I don’t know if they’ll print it, but I thought it was too good to risk wasting. Given the recent outpouring of sympathy in the Western media for ailing Cuban President, Fidel […]

Greenie Fruitloops Slander NZ
August 9, 2006 – 1:52 am EST |
Greenie Fruitloops Slander NZ

This has just been posted on Indymedia In retaliation for Travel Northwest Magazine advertising the Toxic Hell Hole known as New Zealand to unsuspecting Americans an evening of Enlightenment is happening and you’re all invited! You are cordially invited to a presentation on New Zealand Aotearoa Chemical Crime Scene Exposed Learn what really happened after […]

Labour’s Biggest Sin
August 7, 2006 – 11:47 pm EST |
Labour’s Biggest Sin

While I vehemently disagree with their economic and tax policies. While I’m apalled at their education and trade training programmes. While I despair at their health and welfare irresponsibilty, there is only one thing I truly despise the Labour Government for-their corruption. Don Brash doesn’t like it either. David Farrar quotes Mr Brash from a […]

US Communist Insider's Chilling Strategic View
August 7, 2006 – 11:44 pm EST |
US Communist Insider's Chilling Strategic View

Gerald Horne is a US academic and contributing editor to the Communist Party USA’s theoretical Journal, “Political Affairs“. In the latest issue of “Political Affairs” (August 2006), Horne portrays a chilling view of geo-political realities. Entitled “Russia, China and the New Cold War“, Horne paints a picture of a weakening US on a collision course […]

P.R.A.T.T. 5, Penny Bright
August 7, 2006 – 3:22 am EST |
P.R.A.T.T. 5, Penny Bright

Number Five in my Pinkos and Reds Against The Tour profile series is Auckland anti water privatisation activist, Penny Bright. In the early’70s Bright was a stalwart of Wairarapa Maoism and Carterton contact for anti Apartheid group HART. By 1981, Bright was in Auckland, going hard out to stop the Springbok Tour of NZ. She […]

On The Subject of Hatred
August 6, 2006 – 11:15 pm EST |
On The Subject of Hatred

An Israeli friend sent me these. I am told they were taken at a peaceful Muslim march in London last week. I believe the photos to be genuine. I’m not so sure about the commentary. Keith Locke has assured me that the marcher doesn’t really mean this and even if he does he has a […]

Socialism; It’s What Drives Me to…Hate the Bosses
August 6, 2006 – 9:52 am EST |
Socialism; It’s What Drives Me to…Hate the Bosses

New northern secretary of the Service and Foodworkers Union and former Alliance Party co-leader, Jill Ovens on what motivates her. It ain’t love. From Indymedia 03.08.06 I am a Socialist and proud of it. It’s what drives me to fight injustice, to hate the bosses and stand alongside the workers on their picket lines and […]

Chavez Backs Anti Israeli Forces
August 6, 2006 – 9:34 am EST |
Chavez Backs Anti Israeli Forces

From Green Left Weekly A July 26 Venezuelan foreign affairs ministry statement reported that Venezuela had initiated a solidarity campaign with Lebanon and Palestine Acting foreign affairs minister Reinaldo Bolivar stated: “The President of the Republic, Hugo Chavez, has given instructions to initiate a big humanitarian campaign … in order to aid our brothers and […]

ACT Fighting For Ratepayers
August 6, 2006 – 2:55 am EST |
ACT Fighting For Ratepayers

With the Labour Government hamstrung by coalition partners United Future and NZ First, the socialists are increasingly using local government to impoverish and regulate the populace. Record rate rises are really hurting and increasingly restrictive land use policies are driving the price of residential land through the roof. ACT is the only political party with […]

Former Green Goes Blue
August 5, 2006 – 10:42 pm EST |
Former Green Goes Blue

This took me by surprise. Former Green MP, Ian Ewen-Street has joined the National Party and aims to help write their environmental policy. Hat tip David Farrar. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of assisting National build a stronger environmental platform,” says former Green MP Ian Ewen-Street. “My values and passion for the environment have […]